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Challenging the sounds of silence: Gay-straight alliances and implications for school change.
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  • Tiffany Chenneville
  • Maralee Mayberry
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Tiffany Chenneville

Document Type
Presentation
Publication Date
2009
Disciplines
Abstract
Through the voices of students, teachers, and administrators, this paper explores the efficacy of one increasingly familiar safe school intervention Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA). Data from a qualitative research study that examined (a) the relationship between membership in a GSA and student functioning across various domains, and (b) GSA activities and school change efforts, highlights the ways in which safe school efforts and practices both facilitate and hinder systemic school change efforts. The paper emphasizes that systemic change efforts are greatly impeded by the imposition of boundaries on GSA activities that hinder their efforts to engage the wider school community in substantive discussions about the heteronormative organizational and interactional structures of school environments that continue to stigmatize sexual minority youth.
Language
en_US
Publisher
American Educational Research Association
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
Chenneville, T. & Mayberry, M. (2009, April). Challenging the sounds of silence: Gay-straight alliances and implications for school change. Roundtable discussion chaired at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, California.