Troubling hetero/cisnormative educational practices in international development

Authored by: Corinne L. Mason

Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138693753
eBook ISBN: 9781315529530
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This chapter unpacks some of the queer tensions that may be present through using education to facilitate international development. After an overview of the relationship between international development, sexuality, and education, the author offers a multivocal, autoethnographic vignette of an educational exercise from the perspective of being a Canadian, cisgender male, sexual minority, adult educator in Kosovo. The vignette reveals (hetero)normative assumptions underpinning “train-the-trainer” approaches, problems that may surface for sexual and gender minorities when forming student–educator relationships, and the issues that may surface when working in a hetero/cisnormative space. The chapter concludes with the recommendation to deconstruct “training” and other educational processes in order illustrate how adult teaching, learning, and leading is a complex and power-filled process.

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