Australia’s Gen Z Study

Australia’s Gen Zs: negotiating religion, sexuality & diversity

ANU, Deakin and Monash Universities, 2019.

Contemporary teenagers (Gen Z) are exposed to diversity in ways that are unprecedented, through social media, school and peers. How do they experience and understand religious, spiritual, gender and sexual diversity?

How are their experiences mediated by where they go to school, their faith and their geographic location? Are they materialist, secular, religious, spiritual, or do they have hybrid identities? How religiously literate are they? How is this shaping their worldviews?

The Australian Gen Z study provides a powerful insight into how teenagers are making sense of the world around them. This Australian Research Council funded project creates new ways of understanding the complexity of young people’s lives and the ways they are apprehending and dealing with diversity. We argue school education about worldviews is founded on ways of thinking about young people that do not reflect the complexities of Gen Z’s everyday experiences of diversity and their interactions with each other.

In October 2019 the first project report was released as part of the AGZ Study.

Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

The Conversation, May 28, 2019 5.45am AEST

Media reports of findings from the latest National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey caused a stir in recent days, with some highlighting the importance of education programs to teach young people about gender-based violence.

Schools play a significant role in educating young people about gender-based violence and helping change the underlying attitudes that lead to it.

Australian Sex Ed Teachers Survey

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society La Trobe University, Oct 2017

Are you a teacher in Australia? Do you teach any aspects of sex education? If so, this is your chance to share your thoughts! Take part in this important new research from La Trobe University about the impact of the Australian Curriculum on your experiences of teaching sex education in schools.

This is the first national Australian study to focus on the implementation of national sexuality education guidelines in schools and sexuality educators’ experiences since the release of the Australian Curriculum.

You are invited to complete this survey if you are a teacher aged 18 or above who has delivered any form of sexuality education in an Australian school in the last two years. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

The survey first asks some general background questions about you, such as your age and education. The survey then goes on to cover questions about your teaching experience, the current school in which you teach, your sexuality education training, and your views on and experiences teaching sexuality education in schools.