Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Curriculum and Instruction
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Cari L. Klecka
Number of Pages
This qualitative study examined social scripts for mothers and teachers through the lens of queer theory. It employed the constructs of normal and deviant as a method for destabilizing these scripts as part of a larger project of promoting social justice around sexual difference. Participants consisted of eight lesbian mothers with school aged children; five women whose roles included mother, educator, and lesbian; and ten public school teachers. Data sources included one focus group interview with lesbian mothers and two focus group interviews with teachers, follow-up interviews with seven teachers and seven mothers, and two individual interviews with each mother/educator/lesbian. Data were analyzed through examination of the transcripts for statements of normal and deviant. These statements were used to identify the social scripts for mothers and teachers as revealed by participants. Findings centered on participants' articulation of heteronormative social scripts. Participants interpreted scripts for mothers and teachers in ways that positioned heterosexuality as normal and categorized non-heterosexuality as deviant and problematic. This suggests that sexual difference is not included in current educational and social discourses. A key implication of this study involves the importance of destabilizing social scripts for mothers and teachers in a way that creates a space for sexual difference in teacher education.
Alternative Families; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Diversity; Finding; Lesbian; Lesbian Mothers; Mother; Mothers; Queering; Queer; Queer Theory; Scripts; Social; Teacher Education; Teachers
Teachers--Training of; Women's studies; Social psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bower, Laura A, "Finding the other in mother: Queering social scripts for mothers and teachers" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2782.