Research team contacts

Principal Researcher:

Dr Michelle Jeffries, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, QUT

Associate Researcher:

Professor Martin Mills, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, QUT

Research Group:

QUT Centre for Justice. QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice: Teachers and Teaching Research Group.

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this project is to provide new knowledge about the experiences of LGBTQ+ teachers who have lived and worked in rural, regional, and remote areas of Australia. We are particularly interested in hearing about teacher experiences since 2016, given that since that time there has been significant media and political debate nationally about LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools (in relation to Safe Schools, same-sex marriage, increasing recognition of gender diversity, and the Religious Freedom Review/Religious Discrimination Act).

We want to better understand if and how this context is now impacting - or has impacted - teachers that live and work in their local communities. We are also interested in better understanding how LGBTQ+ teachers envision inclusive schools, so that we can consider possibilities and alternate futures in school spaces. We acknowledge the importance of recognising intersections of identity in this space.

Are you looking for people like me?

For this research project, we are seeking LGBTQ+ teachers who have worked in a school/schools for at least one year since 2016 in rural, regional or remote Australia.

What will you ask me to do?

Your participation will involve an interview conducted by phone or zoom that will take approximately 60-90 minutes of your time. This interview will need to be audio recorded for transcription purposes. As two recordings will be made to ensure any device failure will not lead to data loss, there is an option for this recording to occur across two audio devices or one audio device combined with a video recording via the zoom platform. Video recordings will be deleted following transcription.

It is not possible to participate without being audio recorded so it is important to consider if you are comfortable with this in deciding whether you’d like to take part in the project.

The interview will be conversational in style, formed around several prompts. Prompts may include:

  • I'm interested in hearing about the experiences of LGBTQ+ teachers in rural/regional/remote schools in Australia. Do you have any stories you can tell me about that?
  • I'm also interested in hearing about the experiences of LGBTQ+ teachers living in their communities. Do you have any stories that you can share about being an LGBTQ+ teacher living in rural/regional/remote areas where you teach?
  • Can you tell me about how you envision schools as spaces of safety, inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ teachers, students, and families?

Your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the research project without comment or penalty. You can withdraw anytime during the interview. If you withdraw within four weeks of your interview, any information already obtained that can be linked to you will be destroyed upon request.

Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

There are some risks associated with your participation in this research project. You will be giving up some of your time. To address this, the interview/s will be arranged at a time that is suitable to you.

It is possible you will feel some discomfort produced by being asked questions about your experiences in schools and community. Also, given that many in the LGBTIQ+ community continue to be subject to discrimination in some spaces, it is acknowledged that it is possible that difficult situations may be touched on during the interview process.

To minimise these risks, please note that there is no need to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer during interviews, and if you wish to stop audio/video recording during the interview, you just need to ask and the recording will be ceased immediately.

Additionally, we will contact you within 1-3 days of the interview and you can ask us to delete anything you feel uncomfortable about from the interview transcript at this time. We will also de-identify data within interview transcripts.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

It is not expected that this project will benefit you directly, although you may enjoy speaking about your experience of working and living in rural, regional and/or remote communities with an interested person.

The outcomes of the research, however, may benefit LGBTQ+ teachers generally as the purpose is to generate greater understanding of the experiences that LGBTQ+ teachers have as they live and work in rural, regional and remote communities.

Additionally, it may benefit schools, school communities and those involved in education policy in developing strategies and policies that support LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools. You can request a brief summary of the outcomes of the study by providing an email address on the consent form.

Will I be compensated for my time?

We greatly appreciate the time given by participants and believe this research will benefit LGBTQ+ teachers. We are unable to offer compensation for time given.

I am interested - what should I do next?

Please use the Contact Us page at LGBTQ+ Teachers to let us know that you would like to be involved: LGBTQ+ Teachers

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