Homophobia and Heterosexism in a College of Education: A Culture of Fear, A Culture of Silence

Nov. 10, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 6 (November 2010), pages 651 – 670.

In the current study, the authors examine how broad heteronormative discourses circulate, become embodied within, negotiated by, and potentially resisted within a university, a college of education, and educators themselves.

The authors pay special attention to how heteronormative discourses at Southwestern University (SWU) impact the various roles this college of education undertakes to train professionals in a range of human service occupations, most notably K-12 schools.


In the findings, the authors demonstrate ways in which the institution of SWU maintains a hostile environment toward LGBTQ individuals.
The findings also demonstrate ways in which the college of education fails to interrogate such issues and train its educators and other human service personnel to deal with issues of sexuality and schooling, and how SWU, in regards at least to its conservative position on homosexuality, is constituted discursively as quite normal.

Updated: Mar. 02, 2011