In search of critical pedagogy in sexuality education: visions, imaginations, and paradoxes

Sanjakdar, Fida and Allen, Louisa and Rasmussen, Mary Lou and Quinlivan, Kathleen and Bromdal, Annette and Aspin, Clive (2015) In search of critical pedagogy in sexuality education: visions, imaginations, and paradoxes. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 37 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 1071-4413


This article is about the purposes and the processes of teaching comprehensive sexuality education to diverse communities. We argue that establishing an educational response to addressing diversity in sexuality education involves challenging and interrupting current dominant forms of authority, subordination, and systems of hegemony prevalent in the teaching practices of this subject. We argue that critical pedagogy (influenced by the Frankfurt school of thought and developed by Freire 1974, 1973; Giroux 1988, 2003; and Kincheloe 2004) is a vehicle to explore and expand existing teaching pedagogies and cultural investments in sexuality education, as well as a way to contribute toward more effective teaching and student learning in this subject area. The turn to critical pedagogy in this article is an acknowledgement that the dilemmas of the secondary classroom and the questions of what becomes of sexual knowledge in that space are too big to ignore. Conservative pedagogies still reign in school-based sexuality education. Educational standards in this subject area are still strictly associated with risk knowledge (McWilliams 1996) and normative ideals of sex, sexuality, and gender are pervasive in the teaching practices of this subject (Allen 2007; Rasmussen 2006).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 23:10
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 02:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex education; sexuality; education; critical pedagogy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10714413.2015.988537

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