ERIC Number: EJ1046975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
"You're Moving a Frickin' Big Ship": The Challenges of Addressing LGBTQ Topics in Public Schools
Fredman, Amy J.; Schultz, Nicole J.; Hoffman, Mary F.
Education and Urban Society, v47 n1 p56-85 Jan 2015
Scholars have become more attentive to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/queer/questioning (LGBTQ) topics as queer perspectives become increasingly prevalent in middle and high school environments. This study examines how educators navigate social and academic environments in order to incorporate inclusive pedagogical practices and cultivate safe schools for LGBTQ students. Tenets of structuration theory and heteronormativity are used to analyze interview data in order to unveil the heteronormative structures of schools and the production and reproduction of values that support or challenge these systems. Findings reveal that educators define the "rules" present in their schools systems, evaluate the potential risks in violating these rules, and negotiate their perceived role in the midst of these rules and risks. Implications include actions designed to facilitate educator efforts to address LGBTQ topics in schools in order to advance student welfare.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Middle Schools, High Schools, Educational Environment, School Safety, Interviews, Social Attitudes, Values, School Culture, At Risk Students, Bullying, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, School Personnel, Grounded Theory, Coding, Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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