The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Science in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators to Navigate Sex and Gender Education Materials

Marie-Luise Vollbrecht, Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany)


This paper introduces a comprehensive guide designed to assist educators in discerning high-quality, scientifically accurate teaching materials for sex and gender education. In response to the challenge of navigating a wide array of educational content, the guide establishes clear criteria grounded in good scientific practice, enabling educators to effectively evaluate and select appropriate resources. The focus of the guide is two-fold: firstly, it outlines key characteristics of scientifically robust teaching materials, including accuracy, inclusivity, age-appropriateness, and alignment with current scientific understanding. Secondly, the paper identifies common pitfalls and erroneous concepts often present in substandard materials, providing educators with practical tools to recognize and avoid these flaws. By delineating these criteria and common errors, the guide aims to empower educational professionals to make informed choices in their instructional materials, ensuring that students receive factually correct, comprehensive, and respectful education in the areas of sex and gender.



  1. Sex Education, Gender Studies
  2. Educational Quality
  3. Scientific Accuracy
  4. Pedagogical Resources



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