How should we ‘care’ for LGBT+ students within higher education?

FORMBY, Eleanor (2017). How should we ‘care’ for LGBT+ students within higher education? Pastoral care in education: an international journal of personal, social and emotional development, 35 (3), 203-220.

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This article draws on a recent U.K. research project about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) perspectives on university to examine the implications for pastoral care and other service provision on campus. In a departure from previous scholarship that has tended to understand LGBT+ students as ‘vulnerable’ and/or needing ‘support’, it argues that university spaces should be (re)framed in a way that moves beyond (only) personal or individual ‘care’. The article outlines some of the issues that LGBT+ students may face under the following headings: Curriculum and course content; Discrimination, prejudice and bullying; Facilities and service provision on campus; A continuum of experiences. Following these, a final section draws some conclusions and implications for practice in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in special issue - The politics of care, compassion and concern in the contemporary academy
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/02643944.2017.1363811
Depositing User: Eleanor Formby
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 19:16

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