ERIC Number: EJ831000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Choosing to Include Gay Issues in Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Coursework: One Professor's Journey
Wolfe, Randi B.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v27 n2 p195-204 Jul 2006
If preservice teachers are to be capably prepared to meet the challenges of classroom and community diversity, teacher educators have a responsibility to address the full range of diversity issues in teacher preparation coursework, despite controversial or political overtones that may exist. Among these issues is that of considering and responding appropriately to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and children of LGBT parents. This article presents a narrative account of the personal and professional journey that led a heterosexual professor at a large, conservative, state university in the Midwest to integrate gay issues into undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation coursework in early childhood education (birth through Grade 3). It includes an analysis of students' reactions to the issue of gay parents and a description of methodologies and resource materials useful in teacher preparation coursework and in early childhood and elementary classrooms, as well as a discussion of societal trends and the implications of including children being raised in lesbian- and gay-headed households under the umbrella of classroom-diversity considerations.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Homosexuality, Resource Materials, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Experience, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teacher Educators, Student Diversity, Social Influences, Curriculum Implementation, Educational Practices, Gender Issues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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