Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland?

Savage, L. and Mancy, R. (2009) Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland? In: Cervantes-Carson, A. and Oria, B. (eds.) Intimate Explorations: Reading Across Disciplines. Interdisciplinary Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 121-134. ISBN 9781904710479

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This paper seeks to address recent and ongoing controversy surrounding Sex and Relationships Education in Scotland. Sex education guidance in Scotland remains ambiguous, sometimes deliberately so, resulting in tensions between ideological positions and social groups and as such strongly polarised opinions are often voiced expressing the view that Sex and Relationships Education is either too liberal or not liberal enough on issues such as marriage and homosexuality. We propose that a stronger emphasis on understanding conceptions of the human person and in particular, the role and place (if any) of love and romantic relationships in education as a potential path to relieving tensions surrounding the sex education content and delivery. By addressing the fundamental areas of love we wish to explore the possibility of carving out a space of agreement and consensus in Sex and Relationships Education in Scotland.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mancy, Dr Rebecca
Authors: Savage, L., and Mancy, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
Publisher:Interdisciplinary Press

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