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Sexuality education in different contexts: limitations and possibilities

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  • Venka Simovska
  • Ros Kane, School of Health and Social Care, Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK, United Kingdom
Sexuality education is a controversial and contested issue that has evoked wide debate on the question of its aims, contents, methods, pedagogy and desired outcomes. This editorial aims to provide a commentary, positioning the contributions to this Special Issue of Health Education within the research landscape concerning sexuality education in schools internationally.

The idea for this Special Issue was born in Odense, Denmark, in October 2012, during the 4th European Conference of Health Promoting Schools. The Conference Programme and the debates during the sessions demonstrated the need for a wider discussion of sexuality education, particularly within the framework of the health-promoting school. There was recognition of the need to endorse positive and wide socio-ecological views of health, including sexual health and a critical educational approach to sexuality education. The conference delegates and the members of the Schools for Health in Europe Research Network were invited to submit a paper for the Special Issue, and the invitation was also sent through other networks and research communities globally.

The invitation resulted in papers being submitted beyond Europe and the Special Issue took an interesting global turn. This networking process also resulted in the identification of a number of key international subject-specific experts who took on the role of independent reviewers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Education
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • sexuality education, schools, education, relationships, school health promotion, Seksualitet , Grundskole, Sundhedspædagogik

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