Reconstructing Policy in Higher Education: Feminist by Elizabeth J. Allan, Susan Iverson, Rebecca Ropers-Huilman

By Elizabeth J. Allan, Susan Iverson, Rebecca Ropers-Huilman

Reconstructing coverage in greater Education highlights the paintings of comprehensive and award-winning students and gives concrete examples of ways feminist poststructuralism successfully informs learn tools and will function a necessary instrument for coverage makers, analysts, and practitioners. The examine examines quite a number themes of curiosity to students and execs together with: reasons of upper schooling, administrative management, athletics, variety, scholar activism, social category, the background of girls in postsecondary associations, and caliber and technological know-how within the globalized college.

Students enrolled in greater schooling and academic coverage courses will locate this publication bargains them instruments for pondering in a different way approximately coverage research and academic perform. greater schooling school, managers, deans, presidents, and coverage makers will locate this ebook contributes considerably to their very own coverage research, perform, and discourse.

Elizabeth J. Allan is an affiliate Professor of upper schooling on the collage of Maine the place she is additionally an affiliated school member with the Women’s stories software.

Susan V. Iverson is an Assistant Professor of upper schooling management & pupil body of workers at Kent kingdom college the place she can also be an affiliated school member with the Women’s experiences software.

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman is a Professor of upper schooling on the college of Minnesota.

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However, feminist policy scholar Carol Bacchi (1999) argues that both approaches operate within a “problem solution” orientation (p. 19). In other words, they share the common goal of working toward better ways of solving an identified policy problem. In contrast, recent scholarship from critical and poststructural feminist perspectives suggests that these established policy studies methods fall short because they typically proceed from an acceptance of policy problems and tend not to analyze the assumptions undergirding the articulation of those problems (Bacchi, 1999; Ball, 1990, 1994; Blackmore, 1999; Marshall, 1999, 2000; Pillow, 1997, 2003; Scheurich, 1994; Stone, 2002).

P. 17). More specifically, they propose the following goals for policy analysis: 1 Critique or deconstruct conventional theories and explanations and reveal the gender biases (as well as racial, sexual, and social class biases) inherent in commonly accepted theories, constructs, methodologies, and concepts. 2 Conduct analysis that is feminist both in its theoretical and methodological orientations . . reading policy studies with a critical awareness of how androcentrism is embedded in the disciplines, theories of knowledge and research designs that are foundational to policy analysis and which are ostensibly neutral (Bensimon & Marshall, 1997, p.

Tong, R. P. (1998). Feminist thought: A more comprehensive introduction, 2nd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Weedon, C. (1997). Feminist practice and poststructuralist theory, 3rd ed. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers. Wilkinson, S. & Kitzinger, C. ). (1995). Feminism and discourse: Psychological perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Wing, A. ). (2003). Critical race feminism: A reader, 2nd ed. New York: NYU Press. 2 Feminist Poststructuralism Meets Policy Analysis An Overview ELIZABETH J. ALLAN Building on the introduction and key terms provided in Chapter 1, I turn here to a closer examination of feminist poststructural (FPS) perspectives and their application to policy and policy-related matters.

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