ERIC Number: EJ834479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Research and Evaluation in Sexuality Education: An Allegorical Exploration of Complexities and Possibilities
Morris, Ronald W.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v5 n4 p405-422 Nov 2005
Defining "success" in sexuality education solely in terms of quantitative outcome measures is woefully inadequate. All too often, such measures presuppose and perpetuate a narrow and overly instrumental view of sexuality and education. Research and evaluation favouring quantitative measures of effectiveness tend to amplify short-term results and mediocre ends at the expense of more substantive insight into the complexities and nuances of human action and good practice. The paper begins with a true story involving a teenager and high-risk behaviours. This story serves as a basis for an allegorical exploration of programme development, goals and vision. The allegory offers a context for thinking about the importance of research and evaluation methods that focus on expressive action, agency and symbolic metaphorical thinking as opposed to measurable behaviours and linear logical thinking.
Descriptors: Sex Education, Figurative Language, Sexuality, Evaluation Methods, Adolescents, Risk, Program Development, Research Methodology, Health Behavior, Philosophy, Death, Motor Vehicles, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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