Malhotra, Valerie Ann
November 1984
Humanity & Society;Nov84, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p468
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a research which was designed to increase the self-reflective awareness of participant as they wrote self-descriptive and analytical narratives. A major concern of the project was to find out how women's lives are affected by their relative lack of power in a male-dominated order. The research emphasizes on the experience and use of time, the development of the self and communicative competency among female university students. Fifty-three women students met weekly in small groups as a basis for gathering data. Multiple techniques of data collection were employed. A comparison was made between older, non-traditional, students and those of typical university age. The research was informed by sociologist George Herbert Mead's theory of self, a phenomenological approach to the experience of time and sociologist Jürgen Habermas' concept of communicative competency. The relatively undistorted communication in groups stimulated the private recollective and reflective activities of the women. Initial reading of documents in addition to participants reports on effects of involvement in the research indicated that the reflective activities caused changes in their understandings and behaviors.


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