‘No Outsiders’: moving beyond a discourse of tolerance to challenge heteronormativity in primary schools

DePalma, Renée and Atkinson, Elizabeth (2009) ‘No Outsiders’: moving beyond a discourse of tolerance to challenge heteronormativity in primary schools. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (6). pp. 837-855. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

In this paper we describe a UK‐based participatory action research project that looks beyond the discourse of tolerance to investigate and challenge heteronormative processes in primary schools through reflective action research. This 28‐month ESRC‐funded project supports 15 primary teachers working in schools in three regions of the UK to develop action research projects that address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in their own schools and classrooms. In this paper we will examine how the original principles on which the project design was based have manifested themselves throughout the course of the project, drawing upon examples of classroom practice and reflective discussions among project team members. We will explore how designing intentionally for collective participation has produced spaces for people to do and think in ways that have not only gone beyond what we imagined but have also challenged and sometimes contradicted our own ways of thinking.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education
Depositing User: Leah Maughan
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 18:55
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2021 18:55
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13158

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