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By L. Allen

This ebook innovatively re-envisions the probabilities of sexuality schooling. using scholar opinions of courses it reconfigures key debates in sexuality schooling together with: should still excitement join the curriculum? Who makes the easiest educators? Do scholars favor unmarried or combined gender periods?

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Such preferences have traditionally been ignored in public discussion of this debate (Alldred and David, 2007; Powell, 2007). For this reason, the second half of the chapter focuses on what senior school students determine as important and relevant programme content from focus group and survey data. Participants’ suggestions provide a critique of current sexuality education provision that is clinical, de- eroticised and didactic. indd 42 11/12/2010 5:50:48 PM how to make sexual activity pleasurable, offer insights into how they understand themselves as sexual subjects.

While these comments were offered in support of the research, they may have inadvertently communicated the teacher’s desire that students take part. Such endorsements were unlikely to be problematic for students who were adamant about their non-participation and unconcerned about their teacher’s view of this decision. However, classrooms are places in which ‘the good student’ is someone who does things that please their teacher. Those wanting to construct/maintain this identity may have balanced their decision to participate on their teacher’s eagerness for them to do so, rather than their independent sense of this.

They may therefore appear to pose a greater ‘threat’ to students than those without a declared interest in sexual matters. When I first began researching sexuality I would be invited to meetings with prospective schools and community organisations where the purpose was to ascertain if I was a bona fide and trustworthy researcher. Quite often this aim was explicitly stated at the end of the ‘interview’, where with relief at my having ‘passed the test’ those who had invited me would confess, ‘we just wanted to check you out’.

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