Educating Educators: Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practice of Teacher Educators on LGBTQ Issues
Given that teachers are critical to creating safe and supportive learning environments, it is essential to better understand how K-12 educators are being prepared in their teacher education programs to address LGBTQ issues and topics in curriculum and instruction, and the needs of LGBTQ students.
Thus, the current study examines the state of teacher education programs in regard to LGBTQ-inclusive practices and preparation. As there is a lack of national research examining LGBTQ-inclusive teaching in teacher education programs, we undertook the Educating Educators: Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practice of Teacher Educators on LGBTQ Issues report to examine teacher educators’ (or those who teach courses in colleges and universities that prepare pre-service educators) perspectives and experiences regarding their LGBTQ-related work. Educating Educators: Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Teacher Educators on LGBTQ Issues examines:
- Teacher educators’ attitudes and beliefs about the inclusion of LGBTQ issues in their teacher education courses;
- How teacher educators were prepared in their training to include LGBTQ people and issues in their work as teacher educators;
- The LGBTQ-inclusive practices teacher educators engage in in their teaching;
- The barriers faced in engaging in LGBTQ-inclusive teaching practices; and
- Factors that lead to more inclusion of LGBTQ-related content in teacher educators’ teaching practice