ERIC Number: ED418082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-25
Educator Training in Homosexual/Bisexual Youth Issues: Research Issues and Methods.
As a result of hostile climates for homosexual/bisexual students, dropout rates, substance abuse, homelessness, isolation, and identity problems are growing rapidly. Recent court decisions hold educators and schools responsible for the safety and education of these youth. However, there is no consensus on how to teach such controversial issues to educators. A major obstacle to changing the hostile environment for homosexual/bisexual youth lies within the anti-gay attitudes of educators. Educator training must change the attitudes of teacher trainees and all members of the school community. In order to do this, researchers must measure behavior changes that are believed to result from the training. While case study reports have an emotional appeal, large scale, empirical investigation of the ability to change attitudes and behavior are needed to validate educator trainings. The multitude of questions surrounding the usefulness of training educators in homosexual/bisexual youth issues makes widespread investigation imperative. In order to influence public opinion, these studies must be conducted by individuals who are able to remain completely detached from the study and its results, and they must be done with highly reliable and valid measurements that are above reproach. In order to use research results effectively, researchers must ask how to implement program changes and how to use research data to demonstrate program effectiveness. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Bisexuality, Consciousness Raising, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Faculty Development, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Stereotypes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (New Orleans, LA, February 25-28, 1998).