Thinking -- and Teaching -- Outside The Gender Binary Box: Study Proposal for Promoting Gender Inclusivity Instruction in U.s. Public Schools Grades K-1St | iHSES

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Thinking -- and Teaching -- Outside The Gender Binary Box: Study Proposal for Promoting Gender Inclusivity Instruction in U.s. Public Schools Grades K-1St

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Student Kelli Jeanne Ling, Boston University, United States of America
Lecturer Kera Chi Hwei Ling, Illustrator, National Louis University, United States of America

Abstract

This study proposal will provide a theoretical framework based on persuasive communication theories for educators seeking to make their curriculum more gender inclusive for contemporary school settings. Too many U.S. public schools lack educational materials for young students in health classes on the value of understanding and respecting gender diversity and all individuals on the gender spectrum (i.e., non-binary gender, gender fluid, transgender, cisgender, etc.). Even though I, as the primary researcher, argue that health/sex education classes in both elementary and middle schools should require this valuable instruction for all grade levels in all public schools -- since it is one of the most important ways that we can help students establish positive relationships with their own bodies and healthy, constructive attitudes towards their peers’ self-identifications -- very few states do. This communication-based proposal is focused on the twin goals of awareness and implementation of age-appropriate course materials for educators working with school-aged children in the 5-7 age range on topics surrounding understanding and respecting gender diversity in themselves and their peers. Moreover, a process model approach that reaches these young learners can help educators when they work with vulnerable school-aged children in the gender minority.

 Keywords

gender inclusivity, health communication, education in elementary schools  

Citation

Ling, K.J., Ling & Illustrator, K.C.H. (2021). Thinking -- and Teaching -- Outside The Gender Binary Box: Study Proposal for Promoting Gender Inclusivity Instruction in U.s. Public Schools Grades K-1St. In R. Thripp & I. Sahin (Eds.), Proceedings of iHSES 2021--International Conference on Humanities, Social and Education Sciences (pp. 41-61). Monument, CO, USA: ISTES Organization. Retrieved 05 December 2021 from www.2021.ihses.net/proceedings/30/.

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