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In this chapter I present a narrative of my own sex education – catalyzed by my personal lived experience and challenges that came with growing “old.” Rather than accept giving up on my sexual wellness and vitality, I began to explore Eastern frameworks grounded in Taoism and Tantric philosophies and practices for alternatives. These models emphasize mindful breathing, energy flow, attention, harmony, and human emotions and ethics, especially respect, care, and compassion. As many of these understandings and practices are in conflict with mainstream Western socioeconomic, scientific, cultural and political norms of addressing sex and sexuality, a discussion on sexual wellness education also necessitates the need to critically address and contest the systemic prejudices, oppression, and violence against marginalized groups and individuals.

A Primer on Doing Authentic Inquiry Research on Teaching and Learning
Using a sociocultural approach to critical action research, this book is a primer in doing reflexive, authentic inquiry research in teaching and learning for educators as teacher | researchers. Rather than the artificial dichotomy between theory and practice, the roles of teacher and researcher are instead seen in a dialectic relationship (indicated by the symbol “|” in teacher | researcher) in which each informs and mediates the other in the process of revising and generating new knowledge that is of benefit to those being researched.
In addition to providing a theoretical foundation for authentic inquiry, Being a Teacher | Researcher provides a detailed framework with ideas and strategies that interested educators can apply in exploring teaching and learning in both formal and informal settings. It provides concrete examples of how to use authentic inquiry as a basis for collaborating with others to improve the quality of teaching and learning while cogenerating new theory and associated practices that bridge what has been described as a theory-practice divide. Included in this book are how to plan and carry out authentic inquiry studies, choosing appropriate methodologies, methods of data collection and analysis, negotiating research with human participants, using authenticity criteria and characteristics, and addressing challenges and conflicts for teacher | researchers.
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