Barbara Currier: "Special Approaches to Women's Education: A Model Coeducational Plan"

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This text is the preliminary draft of a report commissioned by Hampshire College in 1969.  (No final draft is known to have been issued.)  It begins with a general philosophy of coeducation, presents background information on the differences between men and women, and discusses the implications for the educational environment of Hampshire College.  It concludes with a summary of recommendations.

Electronic Version Note:

The original typescript was digitized using optical character recognition and encoded in HTML.  The text is therefore keyword searchable in the Web site search function.

Additional Physical Form Available:

A bound circulating copy of this report is also available in the Hampshire College Library [Oversize LC1601 .C8].  An unbound, non-circulating copy is available in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College (see the subject collection on "Education").

Preface 1
Chapter I: Educational Purpose 4
Chapter II: Coeducation 8
Chapter III: General Sex Differences 17
Chapter IV: Theories on the Causes of Sex Differences and What to Do About Them 26
    A.  Two Causal Theories 26
    B.  Three Theories of Action 28
    C.  Current Social Trends 31
Chapter V: Implications for Education at Hampshire 37
  General Policy 37
  Student and Faculty Attitudes 38
  Implementation 44
    A.  Curriculum 47
          1.  Sex Differences in Learning 47
          2.  Recommendations 52
    B.  Library 65
    C.  Sex Ratio 67
    D.  Catalogue 71
    E.  Admissions 72
    F.  Faculty 76
          1.  General Policy and Organization 76
          2.  Women Faculty 78
    G.  Counseling 91
          1.  Themes 91
          2.  Mechanisms 99
    H.  Administration 107
          1.  Administrative Personnel 107
          2.  Other Personnel 110
          3.  Degree Requirements 110
          4.  Employment Policies 111
    I.  Residential Plan 115
          1.  Residential Integration 115
          2.  Residential Organization 120
    J.  Extracurricular Activities 124
    K.  Prizes, Awards, Honors 126
    L.  Cooperation 128
Chapter VI: Conclusion 129

Summary of Recommendations 130
Individuals Consulted 139
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