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ERIC Number: EJ804874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
A Preliminary Study of Teachers' Perceptions of Sex Education in Hong Kong Preschools
Lai, Yuk Ching
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v31 n3 p1-5 Sep 2006
In Hong Kong, once a British colony, sex has traditionally been viewed as taboo and, as such, seldom talked about or openly discussed in public. As a result, there is reluctance on the part of most pre-to-secondary schools to implement sex education. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of preschool sex education in Hong Kong. One kindergarten and one childcare centre were selected for this study. Eight preschool teachers were interviewed. The findings indicated that almost all participants lacked the confidence to undertake preschool sex education because they felt that they had inadequate knowledge and skills. Interestingly, the findings showed that the unmarried participants felt embarrassed when talking about sex. Nevertheless, they were willing to take up the responsibilities of the implementation of preschool sex education if they had sufficient training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong