Sexuality, Gender and Schooling: Shifting Agendas in Social Learning

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Chapter 8

Sexuality, gender and schooling reconsidered: notes towards a conclusion

In this final chapter I summarise and conclude my ethnographic account of sexuality, gender and school relations. The summary will be organised into three sections: firstly, a discussion of the main research findings; secondly, the implications of these findings for teaching and learning in the field of sex education; and finally, the implications of my findings for future research and praxis in relation to issues of sexuality, gender and schooling.


Summary of the research findings

In this section I aim to summarise the key points and main research findings as developed in previous chapters. While the findings gleaned from the research are discussed throughout the book here I profile the main findings that have emerged from the study as a whole.

Chapter 1 'Fragments from a fading career', presented a set of biographical moments that elaborated upon my personal investments in ideas and issues informing this study. Using the concept of 'memory-work' (Haug et al. 1987) as a research method and a mode of analysis, the chapter indicated the ways in which my early experiences as a teacher shaped my approach to school relations and the sphere of the sexual within the school. The personal narratives presented in this chapter illustrated some of my investments in ideas of radical pedagogy that I both internalised and continually struggled over. The chapter pointed to the complex relationship between unconscious dynamics at the level of the individual and their engagement with external social structures-a recurrent theme of the study. In 'Fragments from a fading career' the object of analysis is the personal, the development of my

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