This first-of-its-kind project directly includes students and teachers as co-researchers to investigate how school policies, spaces and activities influence cultures of gender and sexuality, and how these in turn shape feelings of belonging and wellbeing at school.
Producing evidence from the ground up, Corridor Cultures will provide different school communities with inventive and contextually responsive ways to disrupt gendered violence, and improve the experiences of schooling for everyone.
Community-led research recognises the specificity of cultures in particular places. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to understanding school cultures of gender and sexuality; every school is different, with different histories, geographies, and ethos’.
Students and teachers from each school are directly involved in the design and execution of this project, allowing us to better understand the culture of each participating school, and to design strategies that respect and respond to this culture.
The project involves three types of fieldwork within partner schools for three years.
This research is being led by Dr Victoria Rawlings, a lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Vic is a global research leader on gender regulation, policing and violence in school communities. She has expertise in community-led empirical research and the theoretical framing of gender and sexuality, as well as experience as a high school teacher.
Morgan graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Honours) and is currently working as a secondary school PDHPE teacher in Sydney. Morgan will be working with Vic to complete her PhD, using her passion and experience in school sport to undertake further research in this area.
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