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ERIC Number: EJ764486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Sex, Science and Educational Research: The Unholy Trinity
Stronach, Ian; Frankham, Jo; Stark, Sheila
Journal of Education Policy, v22 n2 p215-235 Mar 2007
This article examines the state's contemporary construction of "sex" as an educational problem in England. It does so by interrogating the notion of the "pregnant teenager" as it is semantically and statistically constructed in accountability discourses, as well as research constrained within them. It then examines certain features of an exemplary solution to the problem, as proffered by one of the largest contemporary research projects into sex education in the United Kingdom (the RIPPLE project). A critique is offered of the "scientific" nature of some of these findings. The authors claim conclusions to be undermined by statistical and rhetorical gerrymandering, a prejudicial rendering of pupil "voice", and an underlying reductionism. The article concludes that many of the features of such current problem-constructing and solution-rendering can be characterised as a false invocation of "Science", and that their conjunction fuels an enduring infantilisation of educational discourses about sex and sex education. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 23 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom