An exemplary team of professionals provides a comprehensive look at sex education, the heated debate over federal controls, current research and practice, programs, politics, legislation, and cultural and religious issues related to sex and sexuality education.
In the groundbreaking Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future, the history, practices, and politics of sexuality education are explained. Respected educators, counselors, and therapists marshal both research and educated opinion to offer insights into exactly what is meant by "sex education," what the various approaches are, what "age appropriate" lessons are supported by most professionals, and the impact of government policies.
Noting that the need for sexuality education has expanded to adults, from new parents to senior citizens, this unique work also takes readers into classrooms and makes them privy to conversations representing everyone from elementary school students to nursing home residents. These comments reveal the range of unanswered questions about sex—questions that are important for psychological, as well as physical health. In addition, the contributors explore ongoing issues in sexuality education, such as how to present "culturally competent" lessons that include consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. The experts also examine sexuality education in other countries, the challenges those countries face, and their victories over unplanned pregnancy and STDs in the global effort to preserve sexual health.
- Dozens of tables and figures
- Case studies
- Covers how and why the need arose to formally teach students about sexuality and its risks and also the history of the abstinence-only movement and that of comprehensive sexuality education
- Brings content to life through vignettes from sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, as well as through the voices of the young people affected by the decisions discussed
- Explores cultural, ethnic, religious, and political differences of opinion on this controversial topic, as well as ways in which sexuality education is handled in other nations
- Includes contributions come from a cross-disciplinary group of contributors from fields such as education, psychology, medicine, public health, politics, and science
"This four-volume set aimed at educators, students, policy makers, researchers, and general readers provides a comprehensive overview of the history, practices, and politics of sex education in the US through 66 essays."
"Those seeking guidance on sexuality education, regardless of their educational setting or the population they serve, will find what they are looking for within the covers of this set. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate collections and above."
"Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future is a vital addition to the field of sexuality education. All public, college, and university libraries should have a copy of the set, and selected chapters should be on the reading list for college and graduate courses in sexuality education."