NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED534724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 382
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-8062-1
Authenticity and Lesbian Health Educators
Weiler-Timmins, Rebecca A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
This qualitative study used narrative inquiry to explore how lesbian health educators navigate authenticity in a heteronormative higher education setting. The study was grounded in a lesbian standpoint pedagogical viewpoint, which provided a lens with which to view the nine participants' experiences. Of particular interest was how the educators in light of the grand narrative of heteronormativity and heterosexism negotiated their identities as teachers and lesbians in the classroom setting. Data collection included semi-structured interviews, which were co-constructed by the researcher and the participants as well as field notes and journal entries completed by the researcher. The nine participants provided a sense of their careers, an understanding of the context in which they work, the visibility of their sexual orientation on campus and thoughts on how they journey towards authenticity. The stories were powerful and provided a window into their perceptions and experiences of teaching towards authenticity. The findings of this study were grouped into four primary areas. First, the health educators' overall role on campus was intertwined with the visibility of sexual orientation in the classroom and on campus. Second, assessing the geographical and campus political context surfaced in how the educators were able to maneuver on campus and in the classroom in terms of their sexual orientation. Third, coming out in the classroom was determined by contextual factors. Fourth, moving towards authenticity then for lesbian health educators became a contextual phenomenon. The findings have implications for adult education theory and health education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A