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ERIC Number: EJ929587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Preservice Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Family: Considering Future Instruction on Lesbian- and Gay-Headed Families
Larrabee, Timothy G.; Kim, Youngjoo
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v24 n4 p351-365 2010
Sixty-eight preservice teachers from a midwestern university responded to a questionnaire asking the construct of their family, their definition of "family", if they recognized 18 relationships as families, and if they would use those relationships as examples in their future teaching. We focus primarily on participants' responses to examples of lesbian- and gay-headed (LG) families. Chi-squared tests of association and logistic regression reveal participants' descriptions of their own families as the most influential factor in their recognition of nontraditional families. Results indicate that teachers will use personal schema of family to determine which constructs will be included in the formal curriculum. LG families are least likely to be included. Authors contend that the need to eliminate the negative consequences of excluding students' families from the classroom must trump teachers' biases and fears of addressing variations of this core social construct. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A