NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ817391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Sexual Orientation Topics in Elementary Teacher Preparation Programs in the USA
Jennings, Todd; Sherwin, Gary
Teaching Education, v19 n4 p261-278 Dec 2008
This investigation is a descriptive study documenting the inclusion of sexual orientation (gay and lesbian) topics in a sample of 65 public university elementary teacher preparation programs across the USA (representing the preparation of 14,000-19,000 new teachers annually). Findings indicate that only 55.6% of programs address sexual orientation topics within official program curriculum. It was also found that sexual orientation topics are largely isolated within educational foundation courses, receiving very little attention as pre-service teachers get closer to practica and professional practice. The findings also report on the various challenges to addressing sexual orientation as indicated by program coordinators and the primary reasons given by the 44.4% of programs in the study that don't address sexual orientation as a form of diversity within official curriculum. Conclusions suggest that elementary teacher programs may work to sustain homophobic and heterosexist school cultures through the omission of sexual orientation topics, despite the apparent commitment of the field to prepare teachers for diverse schools and communities. (Contains 2 tables.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A