ERIC Number: ED338950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
When Sex Is the Subject: Attitudes and Answers for Young Children.
Wilson, Pamela M.
This handbook was written for elementary school teachers, parents, and other caregivers of children up to the age of 10 who are concerned with the sexuality education of young children. Chapter 1 presents basic information about sexual development in children, offering insights into the way children think about, understand, and experience their sexuality from birth through age 12. Chapter 2 gives parents and educators a window into the child's view of sexuality and offers strategies for making abstract ideas about sexuality more concrete for young children. Chapter 3 gives general guidelines for answering children's questions and sample questions and answers for three age groups: preschool through first grade, second and third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. Chapter 4 gives specific advice to teachers of young children, It identifies the goals of sex education, the need for adequate training, ways to create a positive climate for discussing sexuality, methods for handling group discussion, responses to teachers' common concerns, and suggestions for developing effective partnerships with parents. Chapter 5 gives specific advice to parents. It clarifies the role parents play as transmitters of values and presents a strategy for correctly interpreting a child's behavior and responding in a manner that conveys the parent's specific point of view about sexuality. (NB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Children, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Parents, Sex Education, Sexuality
ETR Associates/Network Publications, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A