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ERIC Number: EJ1001294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Urban High School Students' Perspectives about Sexual Health Decision-Making: The Role of School Culture and Identity
Brotman, Jennie S.; Mensah, Felicia Moore
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v8 n2 p403-431 Jun 2013
Studies across fields such as science education, health education, health behavior, and curriculum studies identify a persistent gap between the aims of the school curriculum and its impact on students' thinking and acting about the real-life decisions that affect their lives. The present study presents a different story from this predominant pattern in the literature. Through a year-long ethnographic investigation of a health-focused New York City public high school's HIV/AIDS and sex education program, this study illustrates a case in which 20 12th grade students respond positively to their education on these topics and largely assert that school significantly influences their perspectives and actions related to sexual health decision-making. This paper presents the following interpretation of this positive influence: school culture influences these students' perspectives and decisions around sexual health by contributing to the formation of students' identities. This paper further shows how science learning in particular becomes important for students in relation to decision-making when it is linked to issues of identity. These findings suggest that, in addition to attending to the design of classroom curriculum, HIV/AIDS and sex education researchers and curriculum developers (as well as those in science education focusing on other controversial science topics) might also explore the kinds of relational and school-wide factors that potentially influence students' identities, decisions, and responses to school learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York