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ERIC Number: EJ828356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Schooling Cultures: Institutionalizing Heteronormativity and Heterosexism
Ferfolja, Tania
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v11 n2 p147-162 Mar 2007
This paper explores how some schooling cultures in New South Wales (hereafter NSW), Australia, police and silence non-heterosexuality through a number of institutional processes which enable homophobia and heterosexism to flourish, while normalizing and constituting heterosexuality as the dominant and only valid sexuality. The discussion shows that despite an apparent broader societal "tolerance" for non-heterosexuality, as well as legislation that condemns anti-"homosexual" discrimination in education in NSW, homophobic prejudice--often in the form of silence, omission and assumption--prevails. It illustrates that schools need to be much more aware and proactive in addressing issues pertaining to this social justice issue to ensure a safe and equitable learning and teaching environment for all members of the school community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia