Get Real About Sex: The Politics and Practice of Sex Education

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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What are the different values and perspectives on sex and relationship education within a single (secondary) school? What are the challenges facing the provision of good sex and relationship education at the classroom level and at the political level? How do young people think sex education should be taught? How do ideas about masculinity and femininity operate in the classroom? This book explores how young people negotiate gender in school and in relation to ideas about education. It examines how cultural ideas about masculinity and femininity play out in the classroom, particularly in relation to sex and relationship education in the context of developments in citizenship and personal education. New material from a detailed study locates the dynamics of the classroom within those of the school: what do the different parties in teaching and learning - that is, both staff and pupils - say about how gender enters the classroom? And what different agendas and perspectives are revealed in the views of teachers, PSHE coordinators, school nurses and head-teachers? The complex picture that emerges of forces at work within a single school is, in turn, situated within an analysis of the broader cultural forces at work in contemporary Britain. How are attempts to provide clear and helpful sex and relationship education affected by our cultural ambivalence and awkwardness about sex, by Government welfare agendas and by the mixed messages young people receive? This book: Looks critically at cultural constructions of gender and sexuality and examines how they play out in the classroom Considers the challenges for best practice in sex and relationship education Examines sympathetically how young people today experience and negotiate masculinity and femininity in relation to schooling and education, employment and parenthood Examines the views of young people alongside those of their teachers, school nurses and head-teachers therefore contrasting different perspectives, values and agendas within individual secondary schools Situates a detailed study of gender in schools in England in the context of feminist and critical analyses of gender, of educational and of social policy Applies feminist theoretical understandings of subjectivity, sexism and gender performances and performativity to the classroom

Author Biography

Miriam David is Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Pam Alldred is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Youth Work Studies at Brunel University, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction : 'Get real about sex!'p. 1
Sex, gender and education : contemporary challenges and contested historiesp. 23
Views from the staffroom : teachers' perspectives on sex educationp. 50
Sexy bodies in the classroom : pupils' values and views about sex educationp. 73
Healthy bodies in healthy schools : joined-up policy and the health/education dividep. 99
'Too little, too late' : young mothers, sex education and educational valuesp. 122
'Young people' not 'pupils' : sex, education and boys not in schoolp. 146
Conclusions : getting real about sex - embedding an embodied sex education in schoolsp. 167
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