Creator

Molly M. Strear

Advisor

Clemens, Elysia V.

Committee Member

Helm, Heather M.

Committee Member

Dunbar, Adria S.

Department

Counselor Education and Supervision

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-1-2015

Genre

Thesis

Extent

228 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

School counselors can use intentional practices to identify and reduce barriers that prohibit equal access to high quality public education. The following study was designed to elucidate how school counselors can apply a social justice paradigm to reduce the educational barriers that persist for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning, and ally (LGBTQIQA) individuals. A classical Delphi method was employed to engage a panel of 14 school counselor educators, school counselors, and school counselor researchers in a critical discourse to generate school counseling strategies to deconstruct educational heteronormativity. Practical strategies for initiating small changes that may lead to substantive change over time to foster more inclusive educational environments for LGBTQIQA individuals were illuminated. This study resulted in 51 school counseling strategies to deconstruct educational heteronormativity. The final strategies can be conceptualized through the following overarching themes: advocacy (9 strategies); protection and enforcement (5 strategies); allies and collaboration (4 strategies); curriculum reform (8 strategies); inclusive language (4 strategies); policy change to promote inclusion (5 strategies); professional development for change (5 strategies); rituals and ethos that promote inclusion (8 strategies); and signs of acceptance and inclusive facilities (3 strategies). These strategies are offered in the context of an overview of the roles of school counselors, queer theory, and educational heteronormativity to demonstrate how school counselors can engage in social justice advocacy through intentional practices.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Strear_unco_0161D_10412

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

Available for download on Monday, September 25, 2017

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