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Preschool Sexuality Education?!

  • Karin A. Martin
  • Lacey Bobier
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Abstract

This chapter examines three aspects of sexuality education in early child care and education. First, it critically assesses formal sexuality education for preschoolers. Second, and more importantly, the chapter reviews what we know from the small body of research that examines sexuality in child care and preschool. Third, it examines the hidden curriculums of gender and heteronormativity that shape the sexuality education in preschools and child care centers. Throughout, we suggest that children already receive sexuality education through informal everyday interactions in preschool. Strengthening this informal system of education and not allowing “danger-only” approaches to define preschool sexuality education are key to its improvement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin A. Martin
    • 1
  • Lacey Bobier
    • 2
  1. 1.SociologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.SociologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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