Learning from the Learners: How Research with Young People Can Provide Models of Good Pedagogic Practice in Sexuality Education in South Africa

  • Rob Pattman
  • Deevia Bhana


In this chapter, we reflect on what we learn from South African learners about sexuality as it emerges in their accounts about their lives in and out of school. We focus on how sexuality is spoken about and given meaning by learners. The chapter also considers how intersectionality is forged through the connections that learners make between sexuality, gender, race, class, and age. We reflect, too, on how we learn this and the relations we establish with the young people in the research which enable them to engage with sexuality in ways which are pertinent to them. This carries implications, which we explore, for developing learner-centred forms of sexuality education, as advocated in the Life Orientation curriculum, which encompasses sexuality education in South Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Pattman
    • 1
  • Deevia Bhana
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyUniversity of StellenboschMatieland, StellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalAshwood, DurbanSouth Africa

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