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ERIC Number: EJ837261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
Informal Sexuality Education in Schools: Student Sexuality-Related Questions Asked of Public School Personnel
Tanner, Amanda; Reece, Michael; Legocki, Laurie; Murray, Maresa
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v2 n2 p79-95 May 2007
Sexuality education occurs both formally and informally in the public school system. This study sought to assess sexuality education in Indiana public schools--the classroom curricula as well as students' sexuality-related questions. Data were collected from teachers, nurses, and counselors (N = 399) pertaining to the inclusion of specific topics in sexuality education courses; sexuality-related questions received from students; and reported feelings of comfort and confidence answering the questions. Findings suggest that students' questions address topics not always included in traditional sexuality education curricula. These informal interactions present "teachable moments" where school personnel can provide information that may positively impact students' healthy sexual development. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana