What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education

Scott, Rachel H., Smith, Clarissa, Formby, Eleanor, Hadley, Alison, Hallgarten, Lisa, Hoyle, Alice, Marston, Cicely, McKee, Alan and Tourountsis, Dimitrios (2020) What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education. Sex Education. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1468-1811 (In Press)

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As part of a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, we held a one-day symposium, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, to discuss priorities for research on relationships and sex education (RSE) in a world where young people increasingly live, experience, and augment their relationships (whether sexual or not) within digital spaces. The introduction of statutory RSE in schools in England highlights the need to focus on improving understandings of young people and digital intimacies for its own sake, and to inform the development of learning resources. We call for more research that puts young people at its centre; foregrounds inclusivity; and allows a nuanced discussion of pleasures, harms, risks, and rewards, which can be used by those working with young people and those developing policy. Generating such research is likely to be facilitated by participation, collaboration, and communication with beneficiaries, between disciplines and across sectors. Taking such an approach, academic researchers, practitioners, and policymakers agree that we need a better understanding of RSE’s place in lifelong learning, which seeks to understand the needs of particular groups, is concerned with non-sexual relationships, and does not see digital intimacies as disconnected from offline everyday ‘reality’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relationships and sex education; young people; research methods; technology; digital intimacies
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 15:52
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43861

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