1st Edition

From Here to Diversity
The Social Impact of Lesbian and Gay Issues in Education in Australia and New Zealand

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ISBN 9781560235514
Published October 16, 2002 by Routledge
134 Pages

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Book Description

Explore ways to reduce the impact of heterosexism on students, teachers, and educational institutions!

This essential book focuses on lesbian and gay issues in education, demonstrating why and how educational administrators, teachers, and teacher educators need to re-evaluate their policies and pedagogy to create better learning environments. It explores the social and educational impact of homophobia and heterosexism upon students, teachers, and school systems--and suggests ways to limit the damage.

With in-depth interviews, case studies, and cutting-edge research, this pioneering book examines:

  • how representations of masculinity and sexuality in schools limit opportunities for male students
  • how the needs of lesbian and gay youth are defined in educational contexts--and the consequences of framing those needs as they are
  • a lesbian mother’s experiences with the schooling and education of her children
  • why queer theory can be useful in the general education of a surprising number of groups of students
  • how heterosexism and homophobia are addressed--or not addressed--in teacher training
  • how sexuality-based discrimination affects people working in education
  • how definitions and understandings of homophobia are often caught in academic debates about whether it is a psychiatric disorder or simple prejudice in homophobes

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Playing with Fire: Homo(sexuality) and Schooling in New Zealand
  • Whose Problem Is This? Queerying the Framing of Lesbian and Gay Secondary School Students Within “At Risk” Discourses
  • Banking Goodwill: Working Towards Children’s Happiness and Safety at School the Strategies We’ve Learnt as Lesbian Mothers—A Personal Reflection
  • Why Queer Theory Is Useful in Teaching: A Perspective from English as a Second Language Teaching
  • A Reflection of Resistance: Discourses of Heterosexism and Homophobia in Teacher Training Classrooms
  • Discrimination Against Gay Men, Lesbians, and Transgender People Working in Education
  • Heterosexual Attitudes to Homosexuality: Homophobia at a Rural Australian University
  • Psychiatric Disorder or Straight Prejudice? The Role of Education in Overcoming Homophobia
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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