Sexuality and the Curriculum: The Politics and Practices of Sexuality Education

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In 15 interrelated essays, curriculum scholars and developers as well as sexuality educators and sex equity specialists explore the explicit and hidden curriculum of sexuality from kindergarten through college, and propose specific curricular strategies and alternatives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807731529
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Critical Issues in Curriculum Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Sexuality Education in Policy and Practice
Foreword: Border Anxiety and Sexuality Politics
Introduction 1
Pt. I Foundations for Sexual Inquiry 5
1 Dilemmas and Possibilities of Sexuality Education: Reproducing the Body Politic 7
2 Ideological Conflict and Change in the Sexuality Curriculum 34
3 Sexuality and Censorship in the Curriculum: Beyond Formalistic Legal Analysis 59
Commentary: Whose Sexuality Is It Anyway? 78
Pt. II Gender and Sexuality 85
4 Learning to Be the Opposite Sex: Sexuality Education and Sexual Scripting in Early Adolescence 89
5 Bitter Lessons for All: Sexual Harassment in Schools 106
6 Talking About Talking About Sex: The Organization of Possibilities 124
7 The Impact of Culture and Ideology on the Construction of Gender and Sexual Identities: Developing a Critically Based Sexuality Curriculum 139
8 Teaching College Students About Sexual Identity from Feminist Perspectives 157
Commentary: Why Should We Care About Gender and Sexuality in Education? 171
Pt. III Making Meaning of Sexuality in the Schools 181
9 Sexuality Education for Immigrant and Minority Students: Developing a Culturally Appropriate Curriculum 183
10 Inside a Ninth-Grade Sexuality Classroom: The Process of Knowledge Construction 203
11 Discussing Sexuality in a Language Arts Class: Alternative Meaning-Making and Meaning-Making as an Alternative 226
Commentary: What's "Left" in Sexuality Education? 242
Pt. IV Problematics of Change 251
12 Integrating Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Approaches into Learning Experiences for Sexuality Education 253
13 School-Based HIV/AIDS Education: Is There Safety in Safer Sex? 267
14 Ill-Structured Problems: Reconsidering Teenage Sexuality 284
15 Sexuality Education--In Whose Interest? An Analysis of Legislative, State Agency, and Local Change Arenas 300
Commentary: Administrators as Barriers to Change? 328
Annotated Resources 337
About the Contributors 347
Index 355
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