Understanding Sexuality

  • Elizabeth J. MeyerEmail author
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 10)


Chapter 3 provides readers with an explanation of the issues related to sexuality in schools. The first section defines sexual orientation, behavior, and identity and several related terms that are important for education professionals to understand. The second section explores contemporary youth sexualities and some of the various identities embraced by youth today. The third section gives a brief history of the stigma around sexualities in Western cultures and how this has been reflected in the institution of the school. The chapter concludes by explaining the importance of having education professionals be able to address issues relating to sexual orientation accurately and sensitively.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Orientation Sexual Identity Sexual Diversity Compulsory Heterosexuality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of EducationConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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