ERIC Number: ED261323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-23
Whither Sex Education? Excellence in Comprehensive Program Development.
A review of recent sex education literature is presented in an attempt to integrate observations and recommendations related to both program development and innovation acceptance. A Developmental Research and Utilization Model is employed to systematically guide planning, implementation, evaluation, advocacy, and institutionalization. Curriculum development is discussed in terms of addressing age-related student needs and community readiness for comprehensive sex education programming. The comprehensive approach is proposed to augment basic instruction in reproduction (anatomy and physiology), pregnancy/contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases. Comprehensive sex education is described as an expansion of information-giving to include active student exploration of present and future choices which forge a positive, healthy, and satisfying sexuality over the life span. Considerable attention is paid to several important topics: program excellence, staff competence and integrity, administrative responsibilities, and community relations. The review concludes with lists of typical values underlying comprehensive sex education and recommendations for local program development. A reference list is given, and tables are provided which list tasks and concerns in developmental sexuality by age level from infancy through late adolescence, and which illustrate student readiness and community acceptance of selected topics in comprehensive sex education. Appendices contain the Developmental Research and Utilization Model and a list of sources of information about sex education. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper submitted to the Subcomittee on Sex Education, Goals for Dallas Achievement Committee on Education (Dallas, TX, April 23, 1985).