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A Critical Analysis of Content in Sex- and Relationship Chapters in Biology Textbooks
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7282-2092
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Shortcomings in sex- and relationship education (SRE) are expressed in a report from the Swedish School Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen 2018), concerning content related to LGBT and queer perspectives. Drawing on the report this study critically examines the content in biology textbooks. Five Swedish textbooks for 13- to 16-year-old pupils have been analysed to explore inclusions and exclusions in the chapters containing SRE. The first part of the study is a quantitative analysis where the total number of lines in each SRE chapter, and the lines including the concepts crip, LGBT, queer, homosexual, intersex and asexuality, have been counted. Then an estimated percentage of content coverage has been calculated. The results show that LGBT content is represented in all five books, however there are none or only a few representations of crip, queer, intersex or asexuality in these chapters. The second part of the study is a qualitative examination of sexuality in the perspectives of crip, queer and gender theory. Among the preliminary results there are examples that focus on sameness rather than difference, for instance regarding hormones and puberty. Differences between women and men are featured in stereotypic views of clothing, makeup and hugging. Some of the books depict the man as the norm. Hence further development of textbooks is important if gaps in knowledge about crip, queer and gender are to be filled.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Sex Education, Biology Textbooks, Queer, Crip
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Didactics Biological Sciences Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164665DiVA, id: diva2:1365737
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ESERA 2019, 13th Biennial Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, 26-30 August, Bologna, Italy
Available from: 2019-10-25 Created: 2019-10-25 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved

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