ERIC Number: EJ1137307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
Two Good Gay Teachers: Pioneering Advocate-Practitioners Confronting Homophobia in Schooling in British Columbia, Canada
Grace, André P.
Irish Educational Studies, v36 n1 p43-56 2017
This article investigates the political, cultural, and educational work of two pioneering Canadian gay teachers during the 1990s: James Chamberlain and Murray Corren. These advocate-practitioners took up roles as social activists, cultural workers, and engaged teachers whose transgressive acts focused on the social and cultural transformation of schooling. The article begins with a discussion of the importance and process of conducting this research. It then presents findings as two found narratives constructed from the interviews, with the narratives constituting self-reflective, institutional, and cultural analyses in their own words. Next, the article speaks to the importance of putting the emphasis on "being gay", which aligns with individual protection against discrimination as guaranteed by Section 15 of the "Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms". The article concludes with a reflection on the contemporary situation for sexual and gender minority teachers in Canada as it takes up the question: Is the present different?
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Homosexuality, Social Bias, Interviews, Cultural Influences, Teacher Characteristics, Social Theories, Critical Theory, Social Discrimination, Advocacy, Personal Narratives, Civil Rights, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Board of Education Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada