What does heteronormativity mean? How does it relate to early childhood teachers?

In this Mat Time interview, early childhood education lecturer Kath Cooper shares tips on how to include rainbow families in your early learning centre. Some families have two mums, some have two dads. Some children have one parent, and some have four! The important thing is that we accept all of these families as being equally valid, and be inclusive of all ways of being.

Read Kath’s research here:

“I just want to be who I am”: Exploring the barriers faced by lesbian early childhood teachers as they disrupt heteronormative practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Photo credit rainbow flag: Benson Kua

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  2. Hi, I would love to have a read of Cath’s research, do you know if it was published or where I could find it?


    1. Angela Macdonald October 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Jaimee, Great! Cath’s research has been published, you can read her thesis report ‘I just want to be who I am’ here: http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/10691.


  3. This is wonderful! So clearly explained with very reasonable examples. Thank you for doing this. Do more!!! <3


  4. […] Kath Cooper lectures in Early Childhood Education at Ti Rito Maioha in Wellington New Zealand. She has spoken about her research on heteronormativity here on our Mat Time show. […]


    1. This is an awesome initiative Laura, and we will share it with our audience. Thank you!


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