Troubling the Research

  • Dennis A. Francis
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


In this chapter, I call attention to the contentions and complexities of researching gender and sexuality diversity and schooling. My research draws on two and a half years of in-depth interviews and classroom observation carried out in the Free State Province, the third largest province in South Africa. Drawing on this experience, I raise questions about researching the teaching and learning of non-heterosexualities in education. I conclude with suggestions for further studies, which include the need for engagement with methodological issues such as insider/outsider epistemological privilege and disadvantage, sampling and the recruitment of gender and sexuality minority participants, accessing gatekeepers, evaluating alternative methodologies, ethical protocols specifically issues of anonymity, informed consent, and participant risk as a field for future research.


Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Sexuality Minority Sexuality Education Classroom Observation 
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  • Dennis A. Francis
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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