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Title: Sex education and science
Contributor(s): Taylor, Neil (author)orcid ; Quinn, Frances (author)orcid ; Miller, Judith A (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Our starting point for this chapter is that sex education should have as its goal the sexual health, in its broadest sense, of all students, regardless of sexual orientation. We adopt the holistic view of sexual health as defined by the World Health Organization: 'Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled. (World Health Organization 2002)'. In this chapter, we explore through the literature some of the contemporary issues associated with this kind of sex education. We focus in particular on the United Kingdom and Australia as two comparable multicultural nations with secular education systems facing similar issues in regard to sex education.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Debates in Science Education, p. 190-204
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780415658287
Field of Research (FOR): 130106 Secondary Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Debates in Subject Teaching
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