Closets and Classrooms: Age

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how all of the LGBTQ teachers I had interviewed had expressed feelings of fear regarding being open about their sexuality at school. Another common theme that I found across several of my interviews is the concept of age. While the interviewees saw their age affecting their comfort with being out at school in different ways, the idea that age played a role in their being out or not being out to colleagues and students came up in interview after interview.

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Closets and Classrooms: Sampling

I’ve always been more interested in the findings of studies than in the methods, but I can’t in good conscience neglect methods forever. So let’s talk about sampling, shall we?

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Closets and Classrooms: Fear

Over the past several weeks, I have conducted six interviews with LGBTQ teachers in the Williamsburg/Richmond area. While each individual I interviewed had a unique perspective on what it means to be a queer teacher, there were some consistencies that came out of each interview, some patterns that emerged. In each one of the interviews I have conducted so far, my respondent expressed a deep sense of fear, identifying that as a driving force that determined how they conducted themselves in the school setting.

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Challenging Expectations and Other Lessons from Doing Human-Based Research

It has been a whirlwind past could of weeks. After my trip to Washington, D.C. to conduct two interviews, I went to a conference for one of my organizations on campus, which gave me plenty of travel time to work on transcripts. I am also preparing to go up to D.C. again tomorrow (Tuesday) to conduct another interview.

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Researching and Replying: Preparing to Conduct Oral Histories

Before I return to Williamsburg to begin conducting oral histories, I am doing secondary source research and contacting a lot of different people in order to be fully prepared to jump in when I return to William & Mary in July.

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