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Title: The Erasure of Bisexual Students in Australian Education Policy and Practice
Contributor(s): Jones, Tiffany  (author); Hillier, Lynne (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1080/15299716.2014.872465
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Abstract: The recent release of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) booklets, policy, and practice guidance on homophobic bullying in schools represents a distinct shift in how diverse student sexualities are conceptualized in education. Schools are now increasingly addressing the issue of homophobia in official policies. Such policies can include spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ), and other related student subjects. This article considers the extent to which bisexual subjectivity is reflected in Australian education policies, sexuality education practices, and school provisions. Analysis is based on a review of over 80 Australian education policies and data from a national Australian survey on GLBTIQ students aged 14-21. The article compares the general invisibility of bisexuality in education policy to its increased prevalence across GLBTIQ student identities and experiences, particularly among girls. Issues and practice ideals unique to policies and school's treatment of bisexual students are reflected on.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Bisexuality, 14(1), p. 53-74
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1529-9724
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160205 Policies and development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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Description: Reprinted in Pallotta-Chiarolli, M. (2015). Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality. Routledge, p. 51-71.
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