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Lesbian Families
Home-School Connection
School Experiences
Alberta Schools
LGBTQ Families
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University of Alberta
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Letendre, Shannon M
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Dr. Jill McClay, Elementary Education
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Margaret Iveson, Secondary Education
Dr. Lynne Wiltse, Elementary Education
Department of Elementary Education

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Master of Education
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This study explores the perspectives of four lesbian mothers from three different families regarding their families’ experiences with Alberta schools. Participants for this study were recruited using snowball sampling and included two recently separated lesbian mothers and one lesbian couple. Informed by case study methodology, data for this study was collected using interviews and artifacts created through pre-interview activities. Findings of the study include: these lesbian-parented families face challenges that are both unique to their family makeup and similar to those faced by other families; the reporting of positive experiences in school by these mothers included examples of what the researcher considered to be disrespect and lack of forethought; these lesbian-parented families feel that the responsibility for educating others about lesbian-parented families falls to the members of these families; these families hope for change in school curriculum, programming and policies that focuses on making all types of difference visible.
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