ERIC Number: EJ1110695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Fostering Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ Students: Phenomenographic Exploration of High School Administrators' Perceptions about GSAs
Steck, Andy K.; Perry, David R.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v13 n4 p352-377 2016
The U.S. secondary school environment often is hostile and exclusionary toward LGBTQ students. Queer theoretical perspectives have served as the conceptual foundation for a phenomenographic study exploring seven high school administrators' perceptions of their experiences with Gay-Straight Alliances. The study results support prior research that although Gay-Straight Alliances facilitate a reduction in discrimination and victimization against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer student population, these clubs have achieved limited transformative power to challenge and change existing school practices and antigay attitudes that foster intolerance and marginalization of students not conforming to the heteronormative ideal.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Educational Environment, High School Students, Administrator Attitudes, Clubs, Student Organizations, Social Discrimination, Victims, Violence, Change Strategies, Social Justice, Consciousness Raising, Qualitative Research, Student Needs, Administrator Role, Student Interests, Board Administrator Relationship, School Personnel, Teacher Attitudes, Role Models, Principals, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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