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ERIC Number: EJ1146954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Navigating Gay Fatherhood: The Experiences of Four Sets of Gay Fathers with Their Children's Education
Leland, Andrew S.
Gender and Education, v29 n5 p632-647 2017
Studies have consistently shown that parental involvement and family engagement programs can positively affect the social, emotional, cognitive, and academic well-being of children. Nevertheless, research has also indicated that many programs are school-based (e.g. back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences), and have historically marginalized families with different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. While this perspective has been at the core of some scholars' works that challenge school-to-home relationships, such a critical framework has yet to be fully developed for same-sex parents. This phenomenological study invokes a queer theory framework and uses interview data to explore such school-to-home experiences for same-sex couples by focusing on four sets of gay fathers. Findings indicate that the fathers in this study were actively engaged with school-, home-, and community-based educational opportunities. Nevertheless, all four sets of fathers faced challenges making decisions for their children's schooling and navigating their children's education due to their two-father households.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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