Thought it might be helpful to use my blog to jot some thoughts down about my masters and track my progress and just generally use it as a
procrastination academic writing support tool. So here is my first post- just working on the aims and objectives section at the minute:
Aim: to perform a review of the evidence in the UK from the last 10 years (since the repeal of Section 28) to see how schools and teachers can effectively challenge homophobia
- To critically explore the current context of homophobia and heteronormativity in British Schools.
- To review the literature in a systematic way for evidence of successful strategies in addressing homophobia and heteronormativity.
- To create an evidence based framework using the literature review, that has the potential to enable schools and teachers to adopt approaches to addressing homophobia and heternormativity.
The reason this is a subject of vital importance can be summarised in the following three quotes
‘Everyone is an insider, there are no outsiders – whatever their beliefs, whatever their colour, gender or sexuality.’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu, February 2004
“Gay People are everywhere… except in the National Curriculum, and certainly not visible in our schools” Andrew (Quoted in Atkinson & De Palma, 2010)
The consequences of not changing the situation to meet the ideal:
“I want to kill all gays” Y9 boy in my PSHE Class before we started this work.
Pondering if my aims and objectives make sense (could be better) and if those quotes powerfully summarise why this work is important or actually a bit naff? Thoughts appreciated.
Next post will be looking at me defining terms – a minefield in itself!