ERIC Number: EJ1189236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Sexuality Education in New Zealand: A Policy for Social Justice?
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v18 n5 p601-609 2018
In 2015, the New Zealand Ministry of Education released a new curriculum policy document for sexuality education in all schools -- "Sexuality Education: A Guide for Boards of Trustees, Principals and Teachers". This policy is a rare international example of a curriculum document that explicitly values diversity, promotes inclusive school environments, and approaches sexuality education as an area of study (rather than a health promotion intervention). Since its release, the document has, however, gained little attention either of a scholarly nature or in terms of dedicated implementation in schools. One exception is a recent article in this journal by Sarah Garland-Levett, which raises some interesting and important concerns about the possibilities of such policy documents. I follow her lead here and continue the discussion about the place and potential of progressive sexuality education policy, and offer some thoughts about the content and intentions of this text.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sex Education, Educational Policy, Comprehensive School Health Education, Student Diversity, Inclusion, Social Justice, Indigenous Knowledge, Social Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand