'We've got a lack of family values': an examination of how teachers formulate and justify their approach to teaching sex and relationships education

Abbott, K. and Ellis, S.J. and Abbott, R. (2016) 'We've got a lack of family values': an examination of how teachers formulate and justify their approach to teaching sex and relationships education. Sex Education, 16 (6). pp. 1-14. ISSN 14681811 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in England has been the focus of critical scrutiny on several occasions, but there has been little attention paid to how teachers formulate their provision, especially given their crucial role in determining what is taught in the classroom. While current policy suggests that provision should be inclusive of sexual diversity, it simultaneously gives educators the scope to determine the form this takes. This is an important issue given the substantial impact that teachers' views and discourses have on what is taught. Using a discourse analytical framework, this study sought to examine how teachers of SRE formulate and account for their provision, with a particular focus on how their assumptions about young people's sexual health needs underpin their actions. Initially, teachers sought to formulate their activities in terms of an overall ethos, providing legitimacy for the key elements of their programme being aligned with official government health promotion strategy, as opposed to other areas such as pleasure and diversity. This was supported by their constructions of young people, particularly young women and individuals from 'at risk' communities, as being particularly vulnerable. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum, England, Sex education, teachers' justifications, young people, family, female, government, health promotion, human, human experiment, pleasure, sexual health, teacher, teaching
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 11:50
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/494

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