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SOUZA, Elaine de Jesus; SILVA, Joilson Pereira da  and  SANTOS, Claudiene. Homophobia in school: representations of educators. Temas psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.3, pp. 635-647. ISSN 1413-389X.

The analysis of social representations of teachers about homophobia constitute a promising way to stimulate reflection and the search for more coherent knowledge about the extent of this violence that, of subtle or manifest way, cause unnecessary suffering in the lives of young people who do not frame in heteronormative standard. Therefore, this qualitative study aimed to analyze the social representations of teachers of basic education about homophobia in the school. To this end, we employed the thematic categorical content analysis method and the instrument consisted of a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews conducted with seven greater elementary school teachers. The results revealed that the representations of teachers about homophobia include a variety of thoughts, beliefs, pre-established ideas and contradictions. Because, beyond of conceptions reductionist that define homophobia only as an aversion or prejudice against homosexuals, primarily due to the lack of this theme in the initial and continued training, there was also some broader conceptions, which indicate the subtle practices of homophobia. Thus, this study highlights the need for more research in this field, that in addition to the analysis of representations of educators, teacher education courses address, significantly, the themes sexual diversity and homophobia, enabling interventions and actions that assist to combat homophobia produced and reproduced in the space school.

Keywords : Homophobia; school; social representations.

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