School Responses to Gay, Lesbian, and Questioning Students - Article Review Article Review by scribbler

Reviews the article "Research Review: Urban Service Providers' Perspective on School Responses to Gay, Lesbian, and Questioning Students: An Exploratory Study" by by Varjus, et al.
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This paper reviews the article "Urban Service Providers' Perspective on School Responses to Gay, Lesbian, and Questioning Students: An Exploratory Study" by Varjus, et al. which is a qualitative research study designed to illuminate how school service providers view school based responses to Gay, Lesbian and Questioning youth and the bullying they might endure. First, the paper notes the growing use of qualitative research design is a growing trend in social research especially in education. Then, the paper evaluates the effectiveness of qualitative research design as it relates to this article and topic. In particular, the reviewer notes the small sample size of the population of the study and its overall impact on the article. Next, the paper describes the article's hypothesis and critiques its validity. At this point the review actually deals with the subject of the article rather than only the research design. Finally, the paper notes how the article offers implications for school councilors as they are the most likely participants in resolution of negative events regarding discrimination and or bullying of GLQ youth, as well as the most likely participants in building more comprehensive resolutions for such events. The paper concludes by addressing the means by which the data for the study was collected.


Research Question/Hypothesis
The Ethical Aspects of a Study
Qualitative and Integrated Designs
Qualitative Sampling Designs
Data Collection Procedures
Data Quality in Qualitative Studies

From the Paper:

"The work therefore comes from a growing body of literature that attempts to illuminate issues of direct social significance in a way that is at first very personal and later plausible as an example of a more generalizable environment and dynamic. Though the authors of this work are quick to point out that the sample size is small and that the community where the research was done has a higher per capita level of both known GLQ members and support networks in the broader community which may give the individual youth that are now identifying or questioning sexual diversity an advantage they are also clear that the population is still worth looking at as it is likely one of the first places where clear intervention is taking place. There also a great deal of qualitative research that demonstrates the growing efficacy for qualitative research on other issues of diversity, race, class, gender and other issues that are frequently seen as disenfranchised cultural stratus, that are at particular risk of discrimination and potentially bullying. (Clark & Springer, 2007) (Mishna, Newman, Daley & Solomon, 2008) (Asher, 2005) There is a great deal of evidence that qualitative/interview designs help to demonstrate the real lived experience of a social phenomena, in ways that quantitative research does not."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brantlinger, E. Jimenez, R. Klingner, J. Pugach, M.& Richardson V. (2005) Qualitative Studies in Special Education, Exceptional Children. 71, 1-14.
  • Clark, C. M. & Springer, P.J. (2007) THOUGHTS on INCIVILITY: Student and Faculty Perceptions of UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR in Nursing Education. Nursing Education Perspectives: 28, ( 2) 93-97.
  • Fisher, Emily S.; Komosa-Hawkins, Karen; Saldana, Enrique; Thomas, Genevieve M.; Hsiao, Cyndi; Rauld. (2008, January 1). Promoting school success for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and intervention strategies The Free Library. (2008). Retrieved March 24, 2010 from school success for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered,...-a0197363404
  • Mishna, F. Newman, P.A. Daley, A. & Solomon, S. (January 2008) Bullying of Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Qualitative Investigation. British Journal of Social Work.. 148-159.
  • Van Wormer, K. & McKinney, R. (Fall 2003) What Schools Can do to Help Gay/lesbian/bisexual Youth: A Harm Reduction Approach. Adolescence 38 (151) 409-420.

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