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ERIC Number: EJ845892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
"Permission to Talk about It": Narratives of Sexual Equality in the Primary Classroom
DePalma, Renee; Atkinson, Elizabeth
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n5 p876-892 2009
Based on practitioner interviews and action research, this article explores heteronormativity in U.K. primary schools, providing a performance venue where teachers' voices can be heard. Our particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in the primary school makes the voices of minority practitioners and equalities activists, generally expected to be silent in the school context, appear to sound particularly loud. Shifting the metaphor slightly from the oral to the visual realm, the unexpected visibility of those who were meant to remain invisible lends our participants what Patai calls surplus visibility; as the "Other," they are forced to either disappear or appear larger than life, to keep silent, or scream. We have woven our participants' voices into an ethnographic narrative based on Patai's notion of surplus visibility, and the resulting play script is meant for public performance. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom