ERIC Number: ED349514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Meeting a New Sexuality Education State Mandate: A Pilot Study of Local School System Programming Characteristics and Correlates.
Hayes, David M.
The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the process of meeting a new state mandate for sexuality education programs at the local school system level. Curriculum coordinators (N=126) responsible for meeting the 1988 Georgia state mandate for sexuality education completed a survey instrument assessing the local school system process in meeting the mandate. Survey items included location of the school system; level of involvement of individuals in the curriculum planning and development process; nature of any staff development; and parental training and awareness. The data were analyzed to describe local level programming initiatives and to explore the differences between school system location (rural/non-rural) for selected variables. Further, this study investigated correlates of the sexuality education programming process. The results of the study indicated that variability exists among local school systems' approaches to meeting the state mandate. Although state mandates require instruction about sexuality they do not ensure quality educational programs. Basic to more effective sexuality education is the preparation process, not merely a state mandate. Based on the results of this pilot study recommendations are made to improve the process of meeting state mandated sexuality education. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Board of Education, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (34th, New Orleans, LA, November 7-10, 1991).