“How do we learn about sex?”

“How do we learn about sex?” Purpose – Using sex education at Shepparton South Technical School (South Tech) as a prism, the purpose of this paper is to analyse the Victorian Technical Schools Division policies and practices during the 1970‐1980s. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on a documented history of South Tech by using a blended methodology consisting of interviews, media‐centred debates and a range of documentary sources. Findings – The Technical Director, Edward “Ted” Jackson's 1970 policy empowered principals as educational leaders, in partnership with their community, to develop courses responding to student needs. This paper analyses a controversy concerning sex education in 1980 that brought such courses under the scrutiny of the Victorian public. Social implications – Identifying the policies and practices of a sex education course that proved successful in the past enhances the development of contemporary courses. Originality/value – Victoria's former secondary technical schools provide an important insight into current social and vocational problems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

“How do we learn about sex?”

History of Education Review, Volume 43 (1): 12 – May 27, 2014

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0819-8691
DOI
10.1108/HER-11-2012-0037
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Abstract

Purpose – Using sex education at Shepparton South Technical School (South Tech) as a prism, the purpose of this paper is to analyse the Victorian Technical Schools Division policies and practices during the 1970‐1980s. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on a documented history of South Tech by using a blended methodology consisting of interviews, media‐centred debates and a range of documentary sources. Findings – The Technical Director, Edward “Ted” Jackson's 1970 policy empowered principals as educational leaders, in partnership with their community, to develop courses responding to student needs. This paper analyses a controversy concerning sex education in 1980 that brought such courses under the scrutiny of the Victorian public. Social implications – Identifying the policies and practices of a sex education course that proved successful in the past enhances the development of contemporary courses. Originality/value – Victoria's former secondary technical schools provide an important insight into current social and vocational problems.

Journal

History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 27, 2014

Keywords: Government policy; Secondary technical schools; Sex education

References

  • College voices: what have we lost?
    Potts, A.
  • Voices from technical education: Shepparton South Technical School, Victoria, Australia
    Preston, L.F.
  • Constructing the good worker: policies, practices and assumptions informing Victorian Technical Schools Division Reform, 1967‐1973
    Rushbrook, P.; Preston, L.

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