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Lesbian and Gay Issues in the English Classroom : English, Language and Education Series - Harris

Lesbian and Gay Issues in the English Classroom

English, Language and Education Series

By: Harris

Paperback Published: 1st November 1990
ISBN: 9780335151943
Number Of Pages: 162

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This book aims to examine aspects of sexuality as they pertain to contemporary English teaching. It begins by examing how it is that sexuality has found its way onto the educational agenda, concentrating particularly on the impact of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 and the advent of health education relating to HIV and AIDS. The book then looks at how lesbian and gay students currently fare in our schools before turning to the amenability of the subject English as a means of integrating issues of sexuality into the curriculum. This is then developed by an examination of how each level of the education system could best deal with the issue, paying particular note to the proposals for the National Curriculum and taking in the role of both Media Studies and Drama. There then follow two schemes of work, one relating to Timothy Ireland's "Who Lies Inside" and the other to "Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden. Each consists of a six week unit suitable for GCSE course work based around the novel, making use of a range of additional materials. The final section examines the role of the individual teacher dealing with the issue in isolation, a department acting on their own and the place of whole school policies. There is then a discussion of the rights and responsibilities of lesbian and gay teachers and the usefulness of positive images. The appendix to the book consists of an annotated list of novels, plays and poems which might be of use in raising the issue.

Introduction why the issue is on the educational agenda and how it got there
Background, section 28, HIV and AIDS, sex education definitions homophobia
Nature of homophobia, causes of homophobia, scope of homophobia
Why sexuality needs to be tackled incidence of homosexuality who are these people?
School experience
In general, position in schools at present, what about kids who aren't lesbian or gay?
Why English not again! what is English?
A brief restatement how students perceive English
In general, research where do "issues" fit in?
A model for gender implications for sexuality
What students bring to English, materials we use, dual nature of discrimination, appropriateness of methods of English teaching, integration the role of other subjects
Science/biology, religious education, personal and health education, sex education, social science studies, history, the school library
Possible strategies primary work
Resources, attitudes and assumptions secondary work
Reading, writing, speaking and listening further education media studies drama
Case study 1 "Who Lies Inside" by Timothy Ireland outline and plot synopsis "Who Lies Inside"
The scheme of work further suggested activities evaluation of scheme resource list for "Who Lies Inside" unit
Case study 2
"Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden outline and plot synopsis "Annie on my Mind"
The scheme of work further suggested activities evaluation of scheme resource list for "Annie on my Mind" unit
Splendid isolation or in concert?
Splendid isolation?
The brave individual
"Miss is a Lesbian", "It's OK, you can get away with that sort of thing in English!" resources out on a limb
The English department in concert the role of parents the role of school governors the role of the pastoral curriculum rights and responsibilities of lesbian and gay teachers
"I don't want to whisper anymore", "keep your voice down, there are children around", wider benefits of coming out at school
Where to from here?
The political perspective the social perspective the pedagogic perspective the practical perspective
Appendix novels (with a lesbian theme) novels (with a gay male theme) short stories drama poetry
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ISBN: 9780335151943
ISBN-10: 0335151949
Series: English, Language and Education Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st November 1990
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26