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Religion in Education: Sarah Jane Page

25 July 11

Held at the University of Warwick, 25th-26th July 2011

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Sarah Jane Page [University of Durham/University of Nottingham]

Recounting the Past: Sexual Knowledge among Religious Young Adults

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Dr Sarah-Jane Page was a doctoral researcher on a project entitled “Youth, Religion and Sexuality” [visit their website to access their report], conducted by a team from Nottingham’s universities led by Andrew Yip and part of the Religion and Society Programme. They investigated the experiences and attitudes of young people aged 18-25 drawn from six major religious faiths. Listen here to further podcast interviews with Sarah-Jane Page and her co-researcher Dr Michael Keenan.

Abstract: This presentation will outline the narratives of 18–25-year-olds from various faith backgrounds who recall their experiences of how they learnt about sex and sexuality in the context of faith. Based on questionnaire, interview and video diary data from religious young adults living in the UK, the presentation will outline the inadequacies felt by the young adults in the sample regarding sexual knowledge and the strategies employed in overcoming knowledge gaps. Fields of exploration will include the role of religious organisations and religious leaders, family and friends as well as school in knowledge transmission. It will highlight that, although young adults frequently cited their religious faith as the means through which their sexual ethics were lived, working out these values and codes of conduct was very much an individualised process, with few clear paths of support.

[Sarah Jane also presented at the Religion and Society event 'Young People and Religion' hosted at KCL in May 2011. Click here for more info.]

Report and podcasts compiled by Norman Winter. Abstract taken from the conference programme. Recordings of the symposium sessions are substantially complete, but may have been edited in small ways for technical and other reasons.

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