In this article, Carla Rensenbrink explores the question of what difference it makes to be a lesbian teacher herself and for her students. Rensenbrink focuses her exploration by telling the story of Rosemary Trowbridge, a fifth-grade teacher who comes out as a lesbian to her students and colleagues. Drawing on interviews and visits to Rosemary's classroom, the author notes ways in which Rosemary's lesbianism does make a positive difference in the classroom. She makes connections between Rosemary's identity as a lesbian and the fact that her classroom represents a safe place where students feel comfortable questioning the culture and taking an active stand.
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What Difference Does It Make? The Story of a Lesbian Teacher
Harvard Educational Review (1996) 66 (2): 257–271.
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Carla Washburne Rensenbrink; What Difference Does It Make? The Story of a Lesbian Teacher. Harvard Educational Review 1 July 1996; 66 (2): 257–271. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.66.2.l5585qj508872804
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