ERIC Number: EJ1050648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Pedagogy and Content in Sexuality Education Courses in US Colleges and Universities
Oswalt, Sara B.; Wagner, Laurie M.; Eastman-Mueller, Heather P.; Nevers, Joleen M.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v15 n2 p172-187 2015
Most research on sexuality courses in US higher education was conducted in the 1980s and 1990s. Less is known about what is being taught in undergraduate sexuality courses today; this study sought to fill that gap. Reviewing content based on 161 courses (provided by 150 different instructors) from all regions of the USA, this study examined overall descriptions of course content and pedagogical strategies in relation to the academic position of the instructor, region of the country and course enrolment size. Results indicated similar content and pedagogical strategies employed with limited differences based on demographic characteristics. The most commonly taught subjects were sexual orientation (95.0%), communication (93.8%), gender identity (93.2%) and gender roles (93.2%). Most courses included reference to contraception (89.4%), HIV and AIDS (88.2%) and STIs (85.7%). Some notable differences included the fact that tenured or tenure-track instructors were more likely to lecture compared to non-tenure-track instructors, and 100% of courses in the West and Northeast addressed sexual orientation compared to 96% for the Midwest and 85% for the South. Most courses included discussion of pleasure (91.1%) and incorporated sexually explicit content (61.9%). The benefits and challenges of having guidelines for sexuality courses at the university/college level were explored.
Descriptors: Sex Education, Undergraduate Study, Course Content, Content Analysis, Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods, College Faculty, Geographic Location, Class Size, Sexual Orientation, Interpersonal Communication, Sexual Identity, Sex Role, Contraception, Health Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Tenure, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Surveys, Online Surveys, Evaluation Methods, Social Influences, Interpersonal Relationship, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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