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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(3), 34; doi:10.3390/socsci5030034

Trans*+ing Classrooms: The Pedagogy of Refusal as Mediator for Learning

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The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University, Steinhardt, 726 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003, USA
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School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder, 1134 CO-93, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
Academic Editors: Maralee Mayberry and Lane Hanson
Received: 30 April 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 18 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transgender Youth: Focusing on the “T” in LGBT Studies)
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Abstract

Gender and sexuality norms, conscribed under cis/heteropatriarchy, have established violent and unstable social and educational climates for the millennial generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, agender/asexual, gender creative, and questioning youth. While strides have been made to make schools more supportive and queer inclusive, schools still struggle to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender*+, intersex, agender/asexual, gender creative, queer and questioning (LGBT*+IAGCQQ)-positive curricula. While extensive studies must be done on behalf of all queer youth, this work specifically focuses on how to support classroom teachers to uptake and apply a pedagogy of refusal that attends to the most vulnerabilized population of queer youth to date, those that are trans*+. A pedagogy of refusal will be explored through an evolving theory of trans*+ness, then demonstrated through a framework for classroom application, followed by recommendations for change. View Full-Text
Keywords: trans*+; sociospatial justice; trans*+theory; trans*space; trans*+pedagogy; preservice teacher education; post trans*+; trans*+/gender creative youth trans*+; sociospatial justice; trans*+theory; trans*space; trans*+pedagogy; preservice teacher education; post trans*+; trans*+/gender creative youth
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