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Queering Elementary Education : Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling - William J. Letts

Queering Elementary Education

Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

By: William J. Letts (Editor), James T. Sears (Editor), Kevin Jennings (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th November 1999
ISBN: 9780847693696
Number Of Pages: 320

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While there is a growing body of literature on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender concerns for secondary and tertiary educators, no text exists that encompasses these issues for their elementary counterparts.

Queering Elementary Education assembles a range of writers from diverse backgrounds and geographies to examine five broadly defined areas: foundational issues; social and sexual development; curriculum; the family; and gay/lesbian educators and their allies. The volume provides scholarly insights, pedagogical strategies, and curricular resources for use in public elementary schools.

Queering Elementary Education will be of particular interest to teacher educators who integrate issues of multiculturalism and sexuality into the curriculum as mandated by professional organizations and accrediting agencies. It will also be of interest to scholars, particularly within the social science fields and education.

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This brilliant anthology is crucial reading for anyone committed to ensuring that our schools become physically and emotionally safer and more educationally relevant for students and staff of all sexual and gender identifications...Destined to become a classic, Queering Elementary Education offers a well-reasoned way out of the pedagogical and curricular restraints that have inhibited true liberatory education in our elementary schools.--Warren J. Blumenfeld, Editor, Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price Editor, International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Matthew's Lullabyp. xvii
Foundational Issues
Teaching Queerly: Some Elementary Propositionsp. 3
Why Discuss Sexuality in Elementary School?p. 15
Pestalozzi, Perversity, and the Pedagogy of Lovep. 27
Children's Sexual and Social Development
Stonewall in the Housekeeping Area: Gay and Lesbian Issues in the Early Childhood Classroomp. 39
Forbidden Fruit: Black Males' Constructions of Transgressive Sexualities in Middle Schoolp. 49
Reading Queer Asian American Masculinities and Sexualities in Elementary Schoolp. 61
"My Moving Days": A Child's Negotiation of Multiple Lifeworlds in Relation to Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexualityp. 71
What Happens When the Kids Grow Up? The Long-Term Impact of an Openly Gay Teacher on Eight Students' Livesp. 83
How to Make "Boys" and "Girls" in the Classroom: The Heteronormative Nature of Elementary-School Sciencep. 97
Using Music to Teach against Homophobiap. 111
Locating a Place for Gay and Lesbian Themes in Elementary Reading, Writing, and Talkingp. 125
"It's Okay to Be Gay": Interrupting Straight Thinking in the English Classroomp. 137
How Teachers Understand Gay and Lesbian Content in the Elementary Social Studies Curriculump. 151
Children of the Future Age: Lesbian and Gay Parents Talk about Schoolp. 165
Love Makes a Family: Controversy in Two Massachusetts Townsp. 177
Supporting Students/Responding to Gay and Lesbian Parentsp. 183
Placing Children First: The Importance of Mutual Presence in the Elementary Classroomp. 195
Educators and Their Allies
Activism Within: Working with Tensionp. 207
Success Stories of a Fat, Biracial/Black, Jewish, Lesbian Assistant Principalp. 217
Lesbian Mother and Lesbian Educator: An Integrative View of Affirming Sexual Diversityp. 225
When Queer and Teacher Meetp. 237
Confronting Homophobia in a Multicultural Education Coursep. 247
Afterwordp. 257
Annotated Bibliography of Resourcesp. 263
Indexp. 277
About the Contributorsp. 287
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ISBN: 9780847693696
ISBN-10: 0847693694
Series: Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.09  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41