The new sexuality education curriculum for Queensland primary schools

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Title The new sexuality education curriculum for Queensland primary schools
Author Goldman, Juliette
Journal Name Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning
Editor Michael Reiss
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract A departmental review of education curricula in Queensland, Australia has found that minimal or no learning about sexuality education takes place. Its public schools and teachers are able to avoid or not fulfil their obligations regarding the teaching of sexuality education and reproductive health to children and young people. This lacuna in schools' duty of care may significantly compromise the well-being, choices, life skills and opportunities for young people as they mature towards adult citizenship, and may even lead to potentially hazardous situations for them. To redress this deficiency, a new curriculum and supporting documents have been developed by Queensland's curriculum authority. This paper audits both the current Human Relationships Education and the new Sexual and Reproductive Health Education curricula. This paper also analyses the rationale for teaching school students about sexuality, relationships and reproduction as an essential part of Health and Physical Education, in light of significant contemporary sexuality education issues and contexts.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681810903491370
Volume 10
Issue Number 1
Page from 47
Page to 66
ISSN 1468-1811
Date Accessioned 2010-05-06
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33175
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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