Positioning children׳s literature to confront the persistent avoidance of LGBTQ topics among elementary preservice teachers

Lisa Brown Buchanan, Christina Tschida, Elizabeth Bellows, Sarah B. Shear

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Abstract

Using a queer theory and disrupting heteronormativity framework, we applied a model lesson in the elementary methods course to understand preservice teachers’ experiences with LGBTQ individuals and families and their beliefs about utilizing children׳s literature portraying LGBTQ families in the elementary classroom. Participants reported a range of personal experiences with LGBTQ individuals and families and relatively positive responses to the family text set presented but wavered on LGBTQ themed books due to perceived conflict, religious beliefs, and ideas about what is appropriate content for young learners. A discussion of the findings also includes preservice teachers’ intentions for future teaching related to LGBTQ topics. Implications for teacher education and social studies education are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Studies Research
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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