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Title: Sexuality education school policy for Australian GLBTIQ students
Contributor(s): Jones, Tiffany  (author); Hillier, Lynne (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2012.677211Open Access Link
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Abstract: Education is state-run in Australia, and within each of the eight states and territories there are both government and independent schooling systems. This paper details the position of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) students within Australian education policy documents nationally, focusing on the three largest states and educational sectors in Australia. Survey data are used to report on the schooling experiences of over 3000 Australian GLBTIQ young people aged 14-21 years. Data from interviews with key policy informants identify both the obstacles to implementing policies, and how such obstacles have been overcome. Much official policy sees sexuality education as promoting inclusive, protective and affirming messages around GLBTIQ students. There exist significant correlations between policy and a variety of well-being and psycho-social outcomes for GLBTIQ students, including lowered incidence of homophobic abuse and suicide, and the creation of supportive school environments. Ideal policy visions are outlined, along with practical recommendations of relevance to a variety of stakeholders.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sex Education, 12(4), p. 437-454
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1472-0825
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390111 Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
160205 Policies and development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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