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ERIC Number: EJ844179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0889
Small Differences Matter: Interrupting Certainty about Identity in Teacher Education
Sumara, Dennis J.
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, v4 n4 p39-58 2007
This article offers a theory of identity that explicates how biological, experiential, and contextual influences contribute to the ongoing development of the human sense of self--what I describe as an ecological understanding of identity. My primary goal in developing this argument is not so much to create certainty about what it means to occupy a sexuality subject position but, instead, to interrupt certainty. Hopefully, my arguments about what constitutes human identities are unsettling, making readers less sure what is meant by words like gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, heterosexual, man, and/or woman. I conclude with a discussion of what these insights might suggest for teacher education and for public schooling. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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