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In: Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education
In: Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education


In this chapter, the authors describe the utility of queer and trans young adult fiction within the college classroom. The authors, one studying secondary education contexts and the other studying higher education contexts, engage in a scholarly conversation on how they each have used young adult fiction, both in teacher education and in higher education and student affairs graduate preparation courses. Bridging the gap between K-12 and higher education and between undergraduate and graduate classrooms, the authors focus on the ways that they have used young adult fiction to help prepare students to work with queer and trans students in their future roles as teachers or student affairs professionals. The chapter concludes with future (re)imaginings of how queer and trans young adult fiction can be used across different educational contexts within the classroom. The authors include suggestions for pedagogical approaches and specific texts focused on queer and trans youth.

In: Bridging the Rainbow Gap
In: How We Got Here: The Role of Critical Mentoring and Social Justice Praxis