Sexuality education in Australia and New Zealand: Responding to cultural and religious difference

  • Rasmussen, Mary (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Aspin, Clive (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Sanjakdar, Fida (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Allen, Louisa (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Quinlivan, Kathleen (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Polarizing cultural, religious and secular disputes about sexuality education in schools have eroded its
capacity to promote and maintain good health. Sexuality educators are often at a loss about how best to
address this matter. This situation is exacerbated because the implications of cultural and religious
differences for sexuality education are seriously under researched. This ethnographic project will explore how
cultural and religious differences intersect with school-based sexuality education, identifying issues involved
and the ways in which they may be addressed. It has the potential to enhance sexuality education as well as
the sexual health and well-being of young people within and across cultural and religious divides.
Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/14


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD60,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • University of Sydney