Forging Safer Learning Environments: Addressing Homophobic Bullying in Schools
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education and can be accessed, along with other What Works summaries, on their website at:
This summary provides an overview of research in the area of bullying in schools:
"Issues concerning gender and sexuality are rich fodder for bullying. For students
who identify or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT),
school can be especially harrowing, as these students are frequently targeted
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How Are Sexual and Gender Identities Represented in an Ontario Science Text?
This study investigated gender and sexuality bias in one science text used in Ontario schools. In particular, the study was guided by two main research questions:
1. Does the text support the existence of alternative sexualities (Lesbian, gay, and bisexual, for example)?
2. Does the text promote fixed sex and gender identities only (omitting transgendered, transsexual, and intersexed identities, for example)?
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Supporting Aboriginal Educators in Pre-service Training Programs and in their Careers as Teachers
This research explored the experiences of six Aboriginal teachers in both mainstream and native teacher education programs in Ontario. These early-career teachers from the Mohawk, Anishinabe and Métis groups reflected upon the challenges they encountered during their teacher preparation courses and first years of teaching. Specifically, this research identified the need to design current teacher education programs that value the individual and cultural identities of Aboriginal teacher candidates.
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