Sexual health education : a critical analysis of 'sex ed' teachers' feelings, attitudes and comfort levels

Morton Ninomiya, Melody E. (2008) Sexual health education : a critical analysis of 'sex ed' teachers' feelings, attitudes and comfort levels. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Although there are many studies on adolescent sexual behaviour, there is limited research on how teachers experience and understand their role as sexual health educators. In this study, thirty-one self-selected junior high (Grades 7, 8 and 9) teachers of sexual health education (SHE) across Newfoundland and Labrador responded to a questionnaire aimed at better understanding their thoughts, feelings and comfort levels associated with 'sex ed'. Respondents gave valuable insight on available material resources, perceived support and objectives that shape school-based SHE. Results describe teachers of SHE, their perceptions and the curriculum resources they depend on to fulfill government-mandated objectives. This exploratory research uncovers several problematic issues: curriculum is grossly outdated; teachers are not provided with any specific training in sexual health; and, oppressive content and pedagogies are subtly at work. Educators need to examine how fear and discomfort has served to silence topics such as pleasure, desire, homophobia and gender identity.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9285
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 129-142).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Sexual health--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Newfoundland and Labrador; Sex educators--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Sex instruction for teenagers--Newfoundland and Labrador

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