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Rudoe, Naomi – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
This paper examines lesbian and gay teachers' identities and experiences in schools in the context of school policies relating to homophobia and to sex and sexuality education. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with 12 lesbian and gay teachers working in English and Welsh schools, and using the concept of 'policy enactment,' I analyse the ways…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Homosexuality, Identification (Psychology), Social Bias
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Mayeza, Emmanuel – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
This paper focuses on the ways in which five- to seven-year-old primary school children in a Black/African township in South Africa construct and experience 'free play' in the classroom. Findings highlight the gendered manner in which play is constructed and constantly policed by these young children during 'free play'. By foregrounding the young…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Young Children, Play
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Rasmussen, Mary Lou; Sanjakdar, Fida; Allen, Louisa; Quinlivan, Kathleen; Bromdal, Annette – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2017
Young people may face conflicting and confusing messages about what it means to respond well in relation to homophobia and transphobia. Consequently, we ask--What might it mean to respond well to homophobia and transphobia? This strategy, inspired by Anika Thiem and Judith Butler, is recognition of the ambivalent conditions which structure…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Martino, Wayne; Cumming-Potvin, Wendy – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
This paper is based on research that is concerned to provide insight into the pedagogical potential for interrupting heteronormativity and addressing the politics of gender expression/embodiment in the elementary school classroom. It is informed by an engagement with queer and trans theoretical literature that raises questions about restrictive…
Descriptors: Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Gender Issues, Sexuality
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DePalma, Renée – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
From 2006 to 2008 UK-based primary school teachers in the "No Outsiders" project explored possibilities for addressing sexualities equality in their classrooms. What all teachers had in common was a resource pack that included 27 children's books exploring themes of gender and sexuality diversity either directly or indirectly (i.e. by…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Childrens Literature, Gender Differences, Sexuality
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Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.; Ryan, Caitlin L. – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
In this paper, we consider the limited chapter book options with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters available for upper elementary readers. While these texts all include one or more LGBT character(s), the overall representations of LGBT people and issues highlight particular normative identities and silence others. We are…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Students, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation