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ERIC Number: EJ835917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Literacy and Sexuality: What's the Connection?
Ashcraft, Catherine
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n7 p636-638 Apr 2009
In this column, the author highlights how the current framing of teen sexuality obscures important connections between literacy and sexuality. She argues that we need to challenge two current assumptions: the assumption that teen sexuality is primarily about public health and the assumption that all efforts to address teen sexuality are necessarily "controversial." Challenging these assumptions is particularly important for literacy educators who truly believe that identity is integral to youth's literacy development. Perhaps, now more than ever, we cannot afford to behave as if this conceptualization somehow excludes sexual identity. Moving beyond these current frames opens up innovative possibilities for connecting with youth and for using teen interest in sexuality as a vehicle for students' literacy development and academic success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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