Challenging Homophobia

Teaching About Sexual Diversity

Paperback / softback, 207 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 Sep 2007
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £21.99

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"Challenging Homophobia" brings together accounts of how educators in various national and cultural contexts are dealing with prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping and sometimes overt violence against sexual minorities, particularly lesbian and gay youth and adults. The contributors emphasise the importance of changing the prejudicial attitudes of people who believe that their homophobic views on sexuality are morally superior. The book provides a valuable combination of reflections on the underlying psychological and social processes and suggestions for better educational practice, including tested lesson plans and inspiring resources for challenging the social ill of homophobia. With its insights into the effective and creative methods developed in nine different countries to address homophobia, this book is essential for educators, students and learners and will interest academic readers.

  • Lutz Van Dijk

  • Barry Van Driel

  • Desmond Tutu

CONTENTS: Foreword; Introduction; About the authors; Part 1: Challenging homophobia in primary and secondary schools; 1. Starting global collaboration in education about sexual diversity; 2. Deconstructing heteronormativity in primary schools in England: Cultural approaches to a cultural phenomenon; 3. Confronting homophobic attitudes among traditional Muslim youth in Europe; 4. Dealing with diversity in education and counselling: Lesbians and gays in German schools; Part 2: Beyond schools: From support groups to constitutional rights to university settings; 5. Educating about sexual and affective diversity in Spain: The challenge of turning legal equality into actual equality; 6. Confronting homophobia in UK schools: Taking a back seat to multicultural and antiracist education; 7. The only country on the continent: Realising constitutional rights in South African schools; 8. Challenging homophobia in conservative Canada: Forming Alberta's first Gay/Straight Alliance; 9. Governing bodies in Texas: Talking about LGBT issues in the Christian heterosexual matrix; 10. The challenge of the white male heterosexual: Dealing with resistance to queer studies in the ethnic studies classroom; 11. Surviving under pressure: Working for 'Days of Tolerance' in Poland; Part 3: Examples of best research practice; References; Educational support websites; Index.

'A most inspiring collection of international experiences on how to overcome homophobia in educational practice but demonstrating also how schools and universities can become kind and respectful learning environments.'

, Archbishop Desmond Tutu