Strategies for inclusion and equality – ‘norm-critical’ sex education in Sweden

Sex Education, 2019,  DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2019.1634042
Abstract:
This article examines the tactical (counter) politics of inclusive and ‘norm-critical’ approaches in Swedish sex education, focusing on the enactment of this critical agenda in sex education practices and how teachers interpret and negotiate the possibilities and pitfalls of this kind of work.
The analysis draws on participant observation in sex education practices and in-service teacher training, as well as interviews with educators.
Three recurrent strategies lie at the centre of the analysis: the sensitive use of language to achieve inclusion; the organisation and incorporation of ‘sensitive’ content to resist stigmatisation; and the use of different modalities to produce a specific knowledge order.
The analysis shows how these strategies are grounded in norm-critical ideals, which become partly inflicted with tensions and discomforts when acted out in practice. The  analysis further shows how an inclusive and norm-critical agenda runs the risk of becoming static, in the sense of providing students with the results of critique rather than engaging them in it.

Report: 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), 2019

The Secondary Students and Adolescent Sexual Health survey is a national study exploring the sexual health and well-being of Australian adolescents. The anonymous survey asks questions about knowledge, behaviour and educational experiences related to sexual health and well-being.

The Commonwealth Department of Health funded study has been conducted approximately every 5 years since 1992. This is the 6th time the survey has been conducted in Australia. Results play a vital role in safeguarding the nation’s health by informing the national strategies to prevent HIV, sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses as well as providing valuable information to improve service provision and education across multiple sectors.

Secondary students’ sexual health survey results

La Trobe University, 11th June 2019

The sixth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, conducted in 2018 and released today, found 47 per cent of Year 10-12 students taking the survey had engaged in sexual intercourse.  Of sexually active respondents, 76 per cent had sex at home; 65 per cent with a boyfriend or girlfriend; 62 percent often or always used a condom; and 86 per cent with somebody about the same age.

Lead researcher at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society Dr Christopher Fisher said the survey asked 6327 Year 10-12 students in Government, Catholic and Independent schools from each state and territory, about their sexual behaviour and knowledge of sexually transmitted infections.

“Overall, young Australians have good knowledge of sexual health, are behaving responsibly and are actively seeking out trusted, reliable sources of information,” Dr Fisher said.

Schools Coordinator vacancy at SHINE SA

SHINE SA, November 2018

  • Immediate start
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • ASO5 position – permanent hourly rate of $37.57 – $40.59 ( $73,496 to $79,413 per annum)
  • Excellent Salary Sacrificing Scheme – (PBI status)
  • Based at our Woodville office

SHINE SA is the leading sexual health agency in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working in partnership with government, health, education and community to improve the sexual and reproductive health and relationship wellbeing of South Australians.

We have an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person to join our Schools Education and Support Team based at our Woodville office but working with schools across South Australia.  In this role, you will be responsible for increasing the capacity of principals, teachers and school communities by delivering professional development to teachers in:

  • Teaching it Like it is: Relationships and Sexual Health Curriculum and Education Courses
  • The South Australian Department for Education’s Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

This role will require you to work as part of a team to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate best practice approaches to relationships and sexual health issues in schools.
  • Work collaboratively with the Department for Education and other relevant agencies.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate professional education courses for teachers.
  • Develop and evaluate curricula and resources for students from primary, secondary and disability sectors.
  • Actively participate in SHINE SA’s Health Promotion strategies.

To be eligible for this position you must:

  • Have a tertiary qualification in Education and be registered or able to register with the Teachers’ Registration Board of South Australia.
  • Have a current, full driver’s license and be able to undertake intra-state travel

If you are interested in this role, you must submit a covering letter with your CV which must include the details of three (3) referees.

Click on the following link to download the job and person specification.

For further information about the position contact Heidi Drummond on 08 8300 5353 or email 

Applications should be submitted electronically through seek website or via form below.

Applications close at 5.00pm Wednesday 28th November 2018

This appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Child-Related Employment Screening.

SHINE SA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applications including those from our communities of interest which include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI people, people with disabilities including mental health, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, sex workers, people living with HIV, people living in regional, rural and remote SA.

Apply for this position here