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University of Washington-Seattle

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Program Name

Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


This independent study project focuses on the discourse surrounding the recently-approved ‘sexual diversity within education’ policy, which requires all schools in The Netherlands to incorporate discussion of sexual diversity into their curricula. My findings are based on six interviews of individuals who, either directly or indirectly, are connected to or affected by this policy, either in their professional work or simply in their interests. My findings include themes found surrounding the policy: what is being said, how sexual diversity should be implemented in schools, autonomy of schools, normalcy, potential racism within policy implementation, and what should be done. Ideas for future research include this same question and focus but utilizing different interviewees and checking back in years from now to see what may have changed of the discourse surrounding the policy


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies