ERIC Number: EJ1141206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
An Examination of LGBTQ-Inclusive Strategies Used by Practicing Music Educators
Garrett, Matthew L.; Spano, Fred P.
Research Studies in Music Education, v39 n1 p39-56 Jun 2017
The purpose of this research was to examine LGBTQ-inclusive strategies used by practicing music educators in the United States. Participants (N = 300) in a nonprobabilistic sample completed a survey inquiring as to their comfort using LGBTQ-inclusive strategies in a school music class, their perceptions of barriers to LGBTQ inclusion, and whether they had received training related to LGBTQ issues. Self-identified heterosexual respondents were requested to complete an additional set of questions to determine their attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. Additional questions were used to capture demographic data including (1) years of teaching experience, (2) school and community types, and (3) racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identity. Results revealed that respondents self-identifying as heterosexual generally held positive attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. Results suggest that music teacher participants in this study were aware of heterosexist language in their learning environments and likely to discourage this type of classroom behavior. Overall, respondents appeared not to be worried about the various stakeholders (administrators, parents, and colleagues) in their educational environment. The majority of music teachers surveyed indicated that they received no pre-service training (91.3%, n = 274) and no in-service training (87.3%, n = 262) relevant to LGBTQ inclusion. Respondents who had received in-service training, however, were more comfortable discussing LGTBQ issues in their classrooms and promoting LGBTQ awareness in their schools. Findings from this study suggest that in-service professional development related to LGBTQ issues may increase the use of LGBTQ-inclusive strategies used in music classrooms.
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Strategies, Homosexuality, Music Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Language Usage, Teacher Surveys, Barriers, Teaching Experience, Institutional Characteristics, Sexual Identity, Gender Differences, Ethnicity, Race, Self Concept, Positive Attitudes, Teacher Education, Course Content, Statistical Analysis, Secondary School Teachers
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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