Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia

Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia

by James T. Sears
     
 

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Featuring more than 200 entries written by an international roster of experts, this work is the most authoritative and accessible source available for educators, researchers and students seeking an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. This ground-breaking work examines policy, practice and research concerning youth who are often

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Featuring more than 200 entries written by an international roster of experts, this work is the most authoritative and accessible source available for educators, researchers and students seeking an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. This ground-breaking work examines policy, practice and research concerning youth who are often the victims of bullying and harrassment. Interdisciplinary, engaging articles examine the policy, practice, and research concerning the role, responses, and responsibilities of schools, educators, and the larger community to LGBT youth. Ranging from the the school curriculum to popular culture, topics include: gender roles, AIDS and HIV education, teen pregnancy, rural youth, prostitution, mental health, race and racism, counseling, gender roles, identity development, discrimination, anti-bias curriculum, children of LGBT parents, film, homophobia, legal issues, various ethnic groups, prejudice, religion, stereotypes, social class, college youth, and youth culture. There is international coverage as well of the United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, South America, and Europe. Research and scholarship on sexualities, youth, and education has exploded, especially in North America, Australia, and Europe. Over the past 25 years, remarkable progress has been made politically, culturally, and educationally with respect to LGBT and Queer concerns. For example, hundreds of gay-straight alliances operate in high schools and colleges; court settlements have resulted in greater administrative sensitivity to harassment of gay students; and the number of college courses including gay concerns and issues is growing. While there areincreasing numbers of articles and books covering LGBT issues and life, this work is the first comprehensive source to look at the important nexus of education and LGBT youth.

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VOYA
A two-volume set on sexuality and education? This reviewer was surprised to find that this excellent reference set indeed did have enough topics to cover in depth to need two volumes. The entries examine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues in educational policy from a global perspective with an emphasis on the United States. Topics include entries that recognize both formal and informal educational settings, such as LBGTQ archetypes in cartoons and school climate in K-12 and in college settings. As the topics are viewed through the lens of LGBTQ teens, they necessarily address both moral and political interests. The introduction is written at a higher level than the entries and covers the history of LGBTQ research, as well as providing a guide to the focus of the entries. The design of the set is particularly well done. In each entry, keywords that lead to other entries are in bold typeface. A see-also portion of each entry is included at the bottom with a list of keywords. At the end of each piece is a bibliography for the entry, and on most, there are recommended Web sites. Of particular interest are the entries on educational policy around the world, and different countries "approach" to LGBTQ issues both through policy and social mores. Although many school libraries may not find the budget for this highly focused reference set, the complete coverage, excellent design, and the rarity of some of the information available is recommended to libraries with a need. 2005, Greenwood, 980p. in 2 vols.; Index. Biblio., PLB $175/set.. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Mary Ann Harlan
Library Journal - Library Journal
The modern homosexual movement has bloomed and diversified over the past 35 years. This handy two-volume set reviews current research, policy, and practice regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth throughout the world but primarily in the United States. Sears (education, Pennsylvania State Univ.; editor, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education) presents an informative introduction concluding with a typology of countries based on their gender and sexual-political climes. Nearly 250 entries ranging from 1000 to 2500 words in length and contributed by experts in the field cover social issues (e.g., AIDS and HIV education, relationship violence, teen pregnancy, and queer studies) as well as less weighty topics (e.g., proms, sissy boy, and crushes). The six-member advisory board reflects an English-speaking, international perspective. The interesting interdisciplinary articles, which seem up to date, each conclude with bibliographical references and related web sites. Some entries are illustrated and all are well indexed and cross-referenced. Bottom Line While contributors are not always unbiased (e.g., "Reparative Therapy" is discussed by an acknowledged defector from the "ex-gay" ministry), the field is obviously controversial and underresearched, and this groundbreaking and authoritative work would be useful for students and counselors of LGBT youth. Recommended for academic and specialized collections.-Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313327544
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
981

Meet the Author

JAMES T. SEARS is Professor of Education within the Graduate School at the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University where he teaches online courses in curriculum. He is the series editor for Greenwood's Handbooks for Educators and Parents.

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