ERIC Number: ED403137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-11
Inclusive Science Education: What Does It Look Like? Confronting Homophobia and Providing Equity for Homosexuals in Our Science Classrooms.
Merkle, Dale G.
This paper provides a current picture of what is happening to homosexual students in science classrooms, and discusses the necessity of promoting an understanding of what needs to be done to make science classrooms inclusive for gays and lesbians. A summary of a research study that used a survey of homosexual students' attitudes toward school and academic performance provides the framework for the argument that homophobia in classroom environments affects a large enough population of students to warrant serious consideration of remedies. It is suggested that to overcome homophobia we need to confront the issue and not relegate it to health or sex-education classes, and teach units about homosexuality in biology and life science classes as early as fourth grade. A wide range of research dealing with many aspects of homosexuality is cited. The rationale and the advantages to all students of an inclusive science curriculum are explained. Contains 23 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (January 9-12, 1997, Cincinnati, OH).