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ERIC Number: EJ834479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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