What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education

SCOTT, R.H., SMITH, C., FORMBY, Eleanor, HADLEY, A., HALLGARTEN, L., HOYLE, A., MARSTON, C., MCKEE, A. and TOUROUNTSIS, D. (2020). What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education. Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning.

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© 2020, © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. As part of a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, we held a one-day symposium, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, to discuss priorities for research on relationships and sex education (RSE) in a world where young people increasingly live, experience, and augment their relationships (whether sexual or not) within digital spaces. The introduction of statutory RSE in schools in England highlights the need to focus on improving understandings of young people and digital intimacies for its own sake, and to inform the development of learning resources. We call for more research that puts young people at its centre; foregrounds inclusivity; and allows a nuanced discussion of pleasures, harms, risks, and rewards, which can be used by those working with young people and those developing policy. Generating such research is likely to be facilitated by participation, collaboration, and communication with beneficiaries, between disciplines and across sectors. Taking such an approach, academic researchers, practitioners, and policymakers agree that we need a better understanding of RSE’s place in lifelong learning, which seeks to understand the needs of particular groups, is concerned with non-sexual relationships, and does not see digital intimacies as disconnected from offline everyday ‘reality’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relationships and sex education; young people; research methods; technology; digital intimacies; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1699 Other Studies in Human Society; Public Health
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Hallam Doctoral Theses
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2020.1732337
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Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 15:25
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:09
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26093

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