ERIC Number: EJ1058448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
UNESCO's Guidance on Puberty and Sexual Health Education for Students Aged 9-12 Years Compared to an Upper Primary School Curriculum
Goldman, Juliette D. G.
Health Education Journal, v74 n3 p340-350 May 2015
Background: Children and young adolescents are reaching puberty earlier. Providing information about such changes before puberty can help them develop in a more competent and informed manner. Context and Objective: UNESCO's "International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education" forms a comprehensive, evidence-based, authoritative document. This review analyses the Guidance for children and young adolescents aged 9-12 years who attend upper primary school. These students are very likely to be experiencing puberty, but are very unlikely, in many countries, to receive sufficient sexuality health information or education from parents or school at this crucial time. Design: This review analyses the text and narrative of this internationally-acknowledged sexuality education curriculum, and the relevant learning objectives/key ideas of a comparable state-designed health and physical education curriculum. Setting: Children and young adolescents who attend upper Primary school. Method: Analysis of text and narrative of this UNESCO Guidance. Results: Analysis shows that UNESCO's Guidance has greater, more relevant content, wider coverage, specific definitions and vocabulary, and more learning objectives, than does a contemporary upper primary school curriculum for the same cohort. Conclusion: Health curriculum designers and teachers can use this helpful Guidance to provide students with a fulsome puberty learning experience including age-appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and values.
Descriptors: Preadolescents, Puberty, Sex Education, Comprehensive School Health Education, Elementary Education, Early Adolescents, Physical Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Guides, Curriculum Design, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Adolescent Development, Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives, Interpersonal Relationship, Values, Attitudes, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Civil Rights, Human Body, Sexuality, Birth
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia