Out in the cold: examining northern and rural teachers' preparedness for teaching LGBT students
Master of Science
Rural preservice teachers
Rural school climate
LGBT identities (rural contexts)
Educators' perceptions of LGBT youth
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In 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Education extended teacher training programs across the province with the goal of improving student mental health, well-being and addressing diversity issues. Climate surveys have consistently shown the need for the need for these interventions; particularly for queer youth, especially those in rural areas. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how well rural preservice teachers are prepared to interact and support LGBT youth. A single-case design method was employed, in which six preservice teachers participated in a workshop on inclusivity practices, then subsequently contrasted their pre-workshop knowledge of these topics through a retrospective group interview. This study examines perceived barriers that these preservice teachers experience in employing inclusivity practices in their professions. Findings from this study have the potential to help refine teacher education programs, as well as to provide direction for rural-specific interventions to support LGBT-inclusive education.