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Curriculum policy, Sex education, New South Wales


Information Bulletin / Australian Council for Educational Research ; n.6 digitised in 2022 from a print copy held by the ACER library.


This bulletin includes a study conducted in 1946 by Miss Beryl King, at that time on the staff of the Armidale Teachers’ College in New South Wales, who surveyed the amount and type of sex education given through schools or churches across three states, Victoria, NSW, and Queensland. It found that non-departmental (private) schools teach more biological science involving reproduction than did departmental (public) schools. Furthermore, it suggests that there is little administrative difference regarding sex education in the three states, with any steps taken to instruct on sex education resting entirely with the teachers themselves. The questionnaires were also sent to churches across NSW, suggesting there is no provision for sex education by agencies – either school or church – outside the home.

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Camberwell, Australia

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Australia, New South Wales, Australia

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