Bridging the gap between lived experience and RSE provision
Research suggests that there is a widening gap between what children and young people think, feel and do, when it comes to gender, sexuality and relationships and what adults assume children and young people think, feel and do.
There is also a widening gap between what children and young people are learning and want to learn about gender, sexuality and relationships and the RSE they experience in school.
These gaps make it difficult to provide relevant and engaging Relationships and Sexuality Education with and for children and young people.
The ‘crush card’ resource has been designed to bridge these gaps and enable educators to connect and critically engage with how children and young people are learning about a range of RSE issues, from school to screen.
Further information about the cards and how they can be adapted in educational settings is provided on the first card.
What are the Crush Cards?
The cards have an image on one side and some researcher observations on the other.
Sometimes this is presented as a series of quotes, sometimes as reflections from the researcher or research team.
At the bottom of the card is a link to the research project.
Read more about them on page 18-19 of the CRUSH resource.
Research Evidence Matters
Drawing on research evidence helps develop our understanding of children and young people experiences of relationships, gender and sexuality, without having to rely on media stereotypes, our own experiences or those of our friends and family.
Consider the CRUSH cards as data calling cards… calling you to reimagine what RSE can become!
The CRUSH cards were originally designed by Professor EJ Renold (Academic) and Adam Chard (Artist) for a bespoke professional learning programme preparing in-service teachers for Wales’ statutory Relationships and Sexuality Education (www.agendaonline.co.uk/crush). The original suite of crush cards drew on a range of qualitative research studies to enable educators to identify and explore the diverse elements and forces that children and young people often have to navigate in their day to day lives across a range of RSE issues.
The Crush Cards continue to evolve. Any additions will be located here, in the resources section of the www.agendaonline.co.uk website. They are free to download.
Funded by The Wellcome Trust, this suite of cards focuses on ‘how’ young people (age 13-17) are learning about RSE in key contexts. These contexts are the same contexts that Natsal uses to ask people what their main source of information is about sex growing up.