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Perspectives of Lesbian Mothers Regarding their Families' Experiences with Alberta Schools

  • Author / Creator
    Letendre, Shannon M
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3PQ1P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Elementary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Jill McClay, Elementary Education
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Lynne Wiltse, Elementary Education
    • Dr. Margaret Iveson, Secondary Education