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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for sex education research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
The Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education by
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
This title argues that abstinence-only education in schools injure women's physical and psychological health, violate the Constitution, and flout the will of the majority of Americans.Abstinence is currently taught in place of sex education in a third of American public schools. Although most Americans oppose federal funding for abstinence-only education, the federal government has spent more than $1 billion on programs that promote abstinence before marriage as the sole healthy and moral choice. Studies show that students in abstinence programs are no more likely to abstain from sex than their peers. Moreover, they perpetuate gender stereotypes that disproportionately constrain women.The authors detail what abstinence programs teach students, expose the political and religious agendas behind them, and analyse the damaging effects to women of the resurrection of the chastity belt, including: sexual disempowerment, distorted power dynamics in relationships, increased vulnerability to sexual assault, increased emotional vulnerability and increased risk of unintended pregnancy and STD/HIV infection. By focusing on the marriage of morality politics with gender politics and of ignorance with chastity that underlies abstinence-only education, the authors fill a major gap in the literature of reproductive politics and policy.Part of the Reproductive Rights and Policy series, this book links abstinence education to Christian right-wing political agendas, and suggests that girls are being taught to adhere to 1950s-era gender stereotypes even in unrelated areas of life.
Assessment, Evaluation and Sex and Relationships Education by
Publication Date: 2012-03-12
Young people consistently describe SRE in schools as 'too little, too late and too biological' - they say they want better SRE. This hugely popular practical guide highlights why assessment and evaluation are fundamental to effective sex and relationships education.This second edition has been fully updated and gives practitioners clear advice on how assessment and evaluation can be used in SRE. Assessment, Evaluation and Sex & Relationships Education includes: an overview of best practice in SRE; a summary of the theory and practice of assessment and evaluation; activities to assess the learning and development of individuals; activities to evaluate and review teaching approaches.This guide will assist educators to support children and young people in accessing relevant information, developing emotional and social skills, and clarifying beliefs and values about sex and relationships.
Sexuality in School: The Limits of Education by
Publication Date: 2014-08-10
From concerns over the bullying of LGBTQ youth and battles over sex education to the regulation of sexual activity and the affirmation of queer youth identity, sexuality saturates the school day. Rather than understand these conflicts as an interruption to the work of education, Jen Gilbert explores how sexuality comes to bear on and to enliven teaching and learning. Gilbert investigates the breakdowns, clashes, and controversies that flare up when sexuality enters spaces of schooling. Education must contain the volatility of sexuality, Gilbert argues, and yet, when education seeks to limit the reach of sexuality, it risks shutting learning down. Gilbert penetrates this paradox by turning to fiction, film, legal case studies, and personal experiences. What, she asks, can we learn about school from a study of sexuality? By examining the strange workings of sexuality in schools, Gilbert draws attention to the explosive but also compelling force of erotic life in teaching and learning. Ultimately, this book illustrates how the most intimate of our experiences can come to shape how we see and act in the world.
The Sex Education Debates by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation (HQ57.5.A3 K465 2013 )
Publication Date: 2012-12-03
Educating children and adolescents in public schools about sex is a deeply inflammatory act in the United States. Since the 1980s, intense political and cultural battles have been waged between believers in abstinence until marriage and advocates for comprehensive sex education. In The Sex Education Debates, Nancy Kendall upends conventional thinking about these battles by bringing the school and community realities of sex education to life through the diverse voices of students, teachers, administrators, and activists. Drawing on ethnographic research in five states, Kendall reveals important differences and surprising commonalities shared by purported antagonists in the sex education wars, and she illuminates the unintended consequences these protracted battles have, especially on teachers and students.
Too Hot to Handle : a global history of sex education by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation -- HQ57.3 .Z56 2015
Publication Date: 2015-02-22
Too Hot to Handle is the first truly international history of sex education. As Jonathan Zimmerman shows, the controversial subject began in the West and spread steadily around the world over the past century. As people crossed borders, however, they joined hands to block sex education from most of their classrooms. Examining key players who supported and opposed the sex education movement, Zimmerman takes a close look at one of the most debated and divisive hallmarks of modern schooling. In the early 1900s, the United States pioneered sex education to protect citizens from venereal disease. But the American approach came under fire after World War II from European countries, which valued individual rights and pleasures over social goals and outcomes. In the so-called Third World, sex education developed in response to the deadly crisis of HIV/AIDS. By the early 2000s, nearly every country in the world addressed sex in its official school curriculum. Still, Zimmerman demonstrates that sex education never won a sustained foothold: parents and religious leaders rejected the subject as an intrusion on their authority, while teachers and principals worried that it would undermine their own tenuous powers. Despite the overall liberalization of sexual attitudes, opposition to sex education increased as the century unfolded. Into the present, it remains a subject without a home. Too Hot to Handle presents the stormy development and dilemmas of school-based sex education in the modern world.
Education Source The world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, this database provides scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
Educators Reference Complete This comprehensive resource covers multiple levels of education
from preschool to college and includes virtually every educational specialty, such
as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. The resource also includes
information on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education.
ERIC An authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources. Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.
Teacher Reference Center Contains journal information for K-12 teachers and librarians. Topics covered include best practices, curriculum development, literacy standards, pedagogical research, instructional media, language arts, science & mathematics, school administration, and more.
Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
Expanded Academic ASAP Resources for research across academic disciplines, offering in-depth coverage of
virtually any concentration from advertising, psychology and history to microbiology, the humanities and womens studies.
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