Teaching Group Facilitation Processes in the Feminist Classroom: From Poststructuralist Theory to Activist Practice

By Lekkie Hopkins.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper outlines an approach to teaching group facilitation processes to undergraduate students who plan to work with diverse populations in community settings.

Keywords: Group Facilitation, Group Processes, Group Energies, Power, Difference, Individual and Collective Agency, Poststructuralism, Feminist Activism, Feminist Praxis

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp.331-338. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 837.343KB).

Dr Lekkie Hopkins

Since 1990 I have been Co-ordinator of the Women's Studies programme at Edith Cowan University, where I teach feminist theory and related women's studies units. During the 1970s and 1980s I worked as an archivist, radio broadcaster, oral historian, and teacher. I have been actively involved in the women's movement for three decades. Most of my writing and research concerns the educational, political, philosophical, discursive and activist dimensions of creating social change. My early publications were in oral history, biography, and feminist literary criticism of Australian women's fiction. I am particularly interested in the history of social protest, and am currently engaged in a longitudinal study of women activists in the peace movement in WA; an oral history of WA women's experience of mastectomy; and a collaborative project between ECU and the Family and Domestic Violence Unit of the Department of Community Development to respond to the impact of domestic violence on workplaces. In 2000 I worked with a research team through the Institute for the Service Professions at ECU to establish a profile of the service professions responding to interpersonal violence in WA. My work is feminist, poststructuralist, and cross-disciplinary. My doctoral thesis explores the relationships between theory and practice in the training and experiences of women's services practitioners. I was a founding member of the Centre for Research for Women in 1993, and have recently retired from a decade on the Centre's Board of Management. I currently sit on the Management Committee of Nardine Wimmin's Refuge. I am a member of a number of professional associations, including the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Oral History Association of Australia (WA), the Australian Women's Studies Association, the European Association for the Study of Australia, and the Asian Association for the Study of Australia.

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