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ERIC Number: EJ1017212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-19
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Making Schools Safe and Inclusive: Gay-Straight Alliances and School Climate in Ontario
Kitchen, Julian; Bellini, Christine
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n146 Oct 2013
Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) have become widespread in Ontario schools and, starting in 2012, all schools are required to permit students to form GSAs. While American research suggests that GSAs have a positive impact on school safety and inclusion, there is little research on the impact of GSAs in Canadian schools. This study, based on a survey of 41 educators working with GSAs, suggests that policy changes in Ontario have had a positive impact on school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and that GSAs contribute to the development of safer and more inclusive schools.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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