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The policyscape of transgender equality and gender diversity in the Western Australian education system: A case study

Cumming-Potvin, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-4961-9379 and Martino, W. (2018) The policyscape of transgender equality and gender diversity in the Western Australian education system: A case study. Gender and Education, 30 (6). pp. 715-735.

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Abstract

In this paper, our purpose is to investigate policy informing texts and discourses referencing transgender equality and gender diversity in the Western Australian education system. Drawing on scholarship from transgender, queer and policy studies, we highlight the interplay of progressive and conservative forces affecting the Western Australian education system’s commitment to supporting transgender and gender non-binary students. Based on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) project, the paper constructs a Western Australian case study, which threads together the critical examination of policy informing texts, qualitative interview data and media discourses surrounding public narratives, such as the Safe School Coalition Australia’s attempt to implement a school program, which builds awareness about gender and sexual diversity. Emerging through the material, discursive and spatial elements of locales and networks, our case study has the potential to deepen knowledge regarding the heuristic capacity of employing policyscape as an analytic category. In this vein, we draw attention to the possibilities and challenges for re-conceptualizing gender and providing trans-affirmative school spaces that promote equality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd.
Copyright: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41251
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