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ERIC Number: EJ841225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0889
Sydney, Australia Community Meets Classroom: Celebrating Families and Difference in the Early Stages of Primary Education
Burns, Kellie
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, v3 n2-3 p159-162 2006
Teachers and teacher educators are often hard pressed to find resources that creatively integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and intersex issues into the early stages of primary education. While there is a growing number of academics who stress the importance of addressing topics of sexual and gender diversity during the early years of schooling, it is more difficult to find classroom resources that help teachers integrate these topics into their day-to-day praxes. In 2001, when Vicki Harding saw the narrow range of family narratives and gender images within her daughter's classroom and school libraries, she and Brenna decided it was time to sit down and get creative. What started as a simple activity of storytelling and writing at home has now become the "Learn to Include Education Resource Series." It consists of two brightly coloured story books (with two more in press) authored by Brenna and Vicki (and illustrated by Chris Bray-Cotton), a Teacher's Information Sheet, a series of student activity sheets, and posters to hang in the classroom or staffroom. While still in its formative stages, the project has recently secured funding to expand the series into teacher education training and a larger set of resources. The series is intended to forge deeper understandings around the diversity of families locally and globally. This series signals the importance of community-based initiatives to pedagogy. It is time to look beyond school board resources or those in school libraries and realize that there are now many individuals and non-governmental organizations creating queer youth projects that are useful to both classroom teachers and those in academia. This article presents a review of grassroots curriculum developed for primary education on non-traditional families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia