This book brings together cutting-edge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative kids. The chapters included specifically address issues in education, social work, and counseling as well as challenges and recommendations for families and parents. It is well researched and accessible to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.
This volume explores how gender and sexuality identities and differences get constructed through the process of education and "schooling". Educational institutions and educators play an important role in normalizing gender and sexuality differences by disciplining, regulating, and producing differences in ways that are «intelligible» within the dominant or hegemonic culture. Educational institutions have been set up to normalize the construction of gender and sexual identities in these ways, and this is both the overt and the "hidden" curriculum of schooling. At the same time, the postmodern times in which we live are characterized by a proliferating of differences so that the binary oppositional borders that have been maintained and policed through schooling, and that are central to maintaining highly inequitable power relations and rigid gender roles, are being challenged, resisted, and in other ways profoundly destabilized by young people today.
"Invaluable and brilliant. Elizabeth Meyer's user-friendly book combines a comprehensive overview of theory and research alongside compelling illustrations of problems and practical solutions regarding gender and sexual diversity in schools. Anyone who works in or with schools should read this book ... and then act on it."
~ Kevin Kumashiro, author of The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right has Framed the Debate on America's Schools
“Using an engaging, forthright writing style, and meticulously well-organized, Meyer successfully captures the breadth and depth of the issues involved with sexual and gender diversity. Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools should become standard scholarly fare in a host of areas.” ~ Catherine A. Lugg, Associate Professor of Education, Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) issued a new report titled Prevention ofBullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations. The report results from the work of a blue-ribbon AERA task force mandated to prepare and present practical short-term and long-term recommendations to address bullying of children and youth. The report’s release coincides with the association’s 94th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, where more than 15,000 education researchers are gathered to discuss research findings. (SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2013)
Members of the AERA Task Force on the Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities include: Dorothy Espelage, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (co-chair); Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California (co-chair); Dewey Cornell, University of Virginia; Jaime Lester, George Mason University; Matthew J. Mayer, Rutgers University; Elizabeth J. Meyer, California Polytechnic State University; V. Paul Poteat, Boston College; and Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California.
“In this smart, brave book Elizabeth Meyer speaks clearly and sensibly about differences that make a difference in children’s school lives.” —From the Foreword by Lyn Mikel Brown, Professor of Education, Colby College; author of Girlfighting
“Bullying and harassment remain serious impediments to learning for far too many students. In this thoughtful book, Dr. Meyer helps readers understand why this troubling behavior occurs and persists, and offers clear and easy-to-implement action steps for both individuals and institutions that are truly committed to creating environments where everyone can learn.” --Kevin Jennings, Founder, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
“In an accessible, yet theoretically sound manner, Meyer creates a discourse which defines, identifies, and mentors us in tackling the insidious effects of bullying and harassment.” --Shirley R. Steinberg, Academic Director, The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy
“Meyer’s work moves the bullying discussion far beyond worry, fear, and ignorance—she demands that we contextually understand both the cause and effects involved in this societal ill, then instructs us in efforts to end it.” --Joe L. Kincheloe, Canada Research Chair, McGill University