Developing sexual competence? Exploring strategies for the provision of effective sexualities and relationships education

HIRST, J. (2008). Developing sexual competence? Exploring strategies for the provision of effective sexualities and relationships education. Sex education, 8 (4), 399-413.

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Abstract

School-based sexualities and relationships education (SRE) offers one of the most promising means of improving young people's sexual health through developing 'sexual competence'. In the absence of evidence on whether the term holds the same meanings for young people and adults (e.g. teachers, researchers, policy-makers), the paper explores 'adult' notions of sexual competence as construed in research data and alluded to in UK Government guidance on SRE, then draws on empirical research with young people on factors that affect the contexts, motivations and outcomes of sexual encounters, and therefore have implications for sexual competence. These data from young people also challenge more traditional approaches to sexualities education in highlighting disjunctions between the content of school-based input and their reported sexual experience. The paper concludes by considering the implications of these insights for developing a shared notion of what SRE is trying to achieve and suggestions for recognition in the content and approaches to SRE.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this paper has been published in the Sex education, 8(4), 399-413 © Taylor & Francis
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/14681810802433929
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 16:12
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/151

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