Transgender students in post-compulsory education: a systematic review

Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Alfonso Pezzella, Laura Cole, Rebecca Manning

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Students identifying on the transgender spectrum are significantly under-researched and under-reported in the education literature. Long term detrimental effects of gender-identity based discrimination and violence requires us to find more inclusive ways of supporting students with transgender identities. We report findings from a systematic review of the international research on transgender students in post-compulsory education. A standardised review protocol was used to synthesise findings from twenty empirical studies to: 1) describe the complexities of gender identities within education; 2) situate the importance of targeting equality issues for transgender students, and; 3) highlight emerging innovations and the need for further research. We recommend more critical engagement and dialogue with transgender issues to challenge institutional policies, processes in education with those involved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2017


  • transgender
  • gender non-conforming
  • post-compulsory education
  • systematic review
  • students
  • equality
  • inclusion
  • universities
  • colleges


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