ERIC Number: EJ1113268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
Delivering Education about Sexual Violence: Reflections on the Experience of Teaching a Sensitive Topic in the Social and Health Sciences
Scriver, Stacey; Kennedy, Kieran M.
Irish Educational Studies, v35 n2 p195-211 2016
Sexual violence is a serious and prevalent violation that is experienced by as many as one in three people worldwide. Professionals working in areas of health, social work, law, policy-development and other fields engage with survivors of sexual violence. Their knowledge of this issue is an important determinant in how they react towards survivors and the quality of care they provide. It is essential that third-level students in the health and social sciences receive education on this topic; however, in Irish third-level education, instruction about sexual violence is often absent or minimal within these curricula. In this article the authors advocate for the inclusion of education about sexual violence within undergraduate and postgraduate social and health science programmes. They draw from their experience teaching about sexual violence in Irish third-level education to highlight the challenges and barriers in providing such instruction and provide practical pedagogical approaches and examples of how risks for students and lecturers can be mitigated and barriers reduced.
Descriptors: Barriers, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Course Content, Teaching Experience, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, College Faculty, Sexual Abuse, Violence, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Student Reaction, Teacher Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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