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ERIC Number: ED188980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of U.S. Sex Education Programs and Evaluation Methods.
Kirby, Douglas; And Others
The document summarizes the five-volume final report of a project which investigated sex education programs and evaluation methods in the United States. The project reviewed literature on both school and nonschool programs and identified important features and outcomes. The five volumes include: I, an overview of sex education in the United States; II, methods for evaluating programs; III, student, teacher, and principal questionnaires (presently being rewritten); IV, a bibliography of approximately 2,000 references to articles, books, and reports on sex education; and V, an annotated bibliography of exemplary curriculum materials. The major portion of this summary describes Volumes I and II. Topics include reasons for studying sex education, characteristics of school programs, program innovations or variations, prevalence and effect of school sex education programs, features and outcomes of programs, public support for sex education in the schools, nonschool sex education programs, state guidelines, and methods for evaluating programs. Conclusions of the study are that although many schools and organizations have developed sex education programs, there is little communication among them; sex education programs are very heterogenous; comprehensive programs must include far more than discussions of reproduction; and most Americans support sex education in the schools. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Disease Control (DHEW/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: MATHTECH, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 674-677.