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‘I felt like I was watching porn’: the reality of preparing pre-service teachers to teach about sexual pleasure

Ollis, Debbie 2016, ‘I felt like I was watching porn’: the reality of preparing pre-service teachers to teach about sexual pleasure, Sex education, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 308-323, doi: 10.1080/14681811.2015.1075382.

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Title ‘I felt like I was watching porn’: the reality of preparing pre-service teachers to teach about sexual pleasure
Author(s) Ollis, Debbie
Journal name Sex education
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 308
End page 323
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1468-1811
1472-0825
Keyword(s) Australia
desire
pedagogy
pleasure
Sexuality education
teacher education
Summary Overwhelmingly, school-based sexuality education programmes focus on the prevention of infection, pregnancy and abuse, with little if any attention given to positive views of sexuality and rarely the inclusion of sex positive issues such as pleasure, intimacy and desire. This paper explores the experience of teaching about pleasure to pre-service health and physical education teachers as part of compulsory studies in a unit on sexuality education designed to prepare them to teach sexuality education in secondary schools. Drawing on the aims, theoretical framework, content and pedagogical structure of the unit, and data collected from 42, third-year pre-service teachers (PST) in Australia via surveys and student assessment, the paper provides some practical examples of what teaching about pleasure might look like in practice. It argues that with adequate preparation, a framework to celebrate sex and sexuality, a gender lens to examine normative discourses, and the opportunity for reflection, PST can develop the confidence, skill and willingness to include pedagogies of pleasure in their school-based work.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681811.2015.1075382
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078446

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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