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ERIC Number: EJ1164347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Framing Controversial Identity Issues in Schools: The Case of HB2, Bathroom Equity, and Transgender Students
Journell, Wayne
Equity & Excellence in Education, v50 n4 p339-354 2017
This article explores how teachers might address controversial identity issues in their classrooms, using the 2016 North Carolina House Bill 2 that raised the issue of transgender bathroom rights to the forefront of societal discourse as an example. I analyze the issue using the three most commonly cited criteria for determining the openness of controversial issues: "epistemic," "political," and "politically authentic." I then discuss the challenges teachers face when confronted with issues that are epistemically settled but publicly open and implicate students' identities. I conclude by arguing that in those cases in which there exists a clear empirical justification for teaching a controversial identity issue as settled, doing so may be prudent even if it limits democratic discourse or presents an inherent risk for teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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