Paper Summary

Direct link:

Perceptions of Catholic School Superintendents on Same-Sex Issues in Catholic Schools: A National Study

Sun, April 11, 4:10 to 5:40pm EDT (4:10 to 5:40pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Catholic Education Paper and Symposium Sessions


Media reports have shown same-sex issues in Catholics schools emerge in three ways: (1) same-sex parents who have children in a Catholic school, (2) same-sex students, and (3) same-sex teachers. From a national sample of 59 Catholic school superintendents, this study used repeated measures ANCOVA to examine the extent to which same-sex issues as they relate to parents, students, and teachers influence Catholic school identity, while controlling for attitudes towards persons with same-sex attraction. We framed the findings within sense-making theory. The findings showed that a same-sex issue related to a teacher negatively influenced Catholic school identity statistically significantly more in comparison to a same-sex issue related to a parent. However, no other comparisons were statistically significant.