Troubling the Teaching and Learning of Gender and Sexuality Diversity in South African Education

  • Dennis A. Francis

Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 3-17
    3. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 19-31
    4. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 33-54
  3. Troubling Compulsory Hetersosexuality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 71-87
    3. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 89-107
    4. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 109-134
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Dennis A. Francis
      Pages 137-149
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-156

About this book


In this book, Francis highlights the tension between inclusion and sexual orientation, using this tension as an entry to explore how LGB youth experience schooling.  Drawing on research with teachers and LGB youth, this book troubles the teaching and learning of sexuality diversity and, by doing so, provides a critical exploration and analysis of how curriculum, pedagogy, and policy reproduces compulsory heterosexuality in schools.  The book makes visible the challenges of teaching sexuality diversity in South African schools while highlighting its potential for rethinking conceptions of the social and cultural representations thereof. Francis links questions of policy and practice to wider issues of society, sexuality, social justice and highlights its implications for teaching and learning. The author encourages policy makers, teachers, and scholars of sexualities and education to develop further questions and informed action to challenge heteronormativity and heterosexism.  


Sexuality diversity Education Teaching Learning LGBT youth Heterosexism Curriculum Pedagogy Schools South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Dennis A. Francis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyStellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53026-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53027-1
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