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TEACHING ABOUT LOVE

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After a brief discussion of the concept of love and contemporary attitudes towards it, the article examines previously unpublished findings about children's ways of thinking about love, using evidence drawn from a research project on the developing sexual values of 9 and 10 year-old children. Love features extensively in their discussions and appears central to their worldview. They are aware of some of the complexities of love, and would value opportunities to discuss it further. The article concludes with a discussion of current inadequacies and future possibilities in schools’ provision.

Keywords: family; love; moral education; sex; values

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2005.00296.x

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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