Lesbian and Gay Teachers Speak: A study of the effects of schooling and institutional cultures on sexual subjectivities in metropolitan Sydney
Dr Tania Ferfolja and Ms Lucy Hopkins are researching lesbian and gay-identified teachers’ perceptions of their work in relation to their sexuality to provide a picture of the current climate in schools for these participants. The research aims to:
- report on lesbian and gay teachers’ perceptions of institutional culture, particularly in light of Commonwealth changes to legislation and growing visibility of lesbian/gay issues and identities in the public arena;
- understand participants’ experiences of teaching in relation to their sexuality particularly regarding issues such as in/visibility, silenc/ing, inclusion/exclusion, and discrimination;
- explore the experiences, management and negotiations participants may or may not have undertaken in relation to their sexual identities;
- construct a repertoire of strategies and approaches that may lead to an open and equitable position for lesbian and gay individuals, families, and communities in education, and
- examine the DET/CEO position on these issues in schools in terms of policies, programs, resource production, professional development and curricula, and the extent to which these have been affected by social and legislative changes.
As part of the research, we are conducting in-depth interviews (30-45 minutes) and focus group discussions (1 hour) with lesbian and gay male educators.
If you self-identify as lesbian or gay, have taught in metropolitan Sydney, are primary or secondary trained, and are interested in participating, please contact Dr Tania Ferfolja on (02) 9772 6437 (b/h) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This research has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee No 8877.