Galman’s Spencer supports research on gender-nonconforming resilience experiences

Sally Campbell Galman received a one-year, $36,000 award from the Spencer Foundation for a new research project, Understanding young, gender-nonconforming children’s resilience experiences across child-life contexts. “Many of the stories we hear about transgender and gender nonconforming young people focus on the statistics about alienation, homelessness, suicide, academic failure, and so one, “ said Galman. “This study aims to go beyond the sad stories and cautionary talks to look at the resiliency, resistance and self-expression. By focusing on young children in particular, many of whom have been left out of a research agenda largely focused on adolescents, I hope to learn about how transgender and gender nonconforming children think of themselves and how they navigate the multiple contexts of early and middle childhood.”

Galman said that the study is “uniquely positioned to make two significant contributions to the broader field of educational research: the application of participatory visual storytelling methods with very young participants and to the understanding of diverse, hidden populations in educational contexts.”

Established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer, the Foundation received its major endowment upon his death in 1968 and began formal grant-making in 1971. The Foundation supports high-quality, innovative research with the potential to improve education and is committed to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities. 

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