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ERIC Number: EJ855390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
Is a Little Knowledge a Good Thing? College Students Gain Knowledge, but Knowledge Increase Does Not Equal Attitude Change regarding Same-Sex Sexual Orientation and Gender Reassignment Surgery in Sexuality Courses
Noland, Ramona M.; Bass, Martha A.; Keathley, Rosanne S.; Miller, Rowland
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v4 n2 p139-157 2009
The gains in knowledge and changes of attitudes of students in undergraduate sexuality courses in two different academic disciplines were compared to those of their peers without college sexuality education in a variety of other psychology courses. All students had similar scores on tests of sexual anatomy, behavior, and health at the start of the semester, but the students enrolled in sexuality courses exhibited much larger increases in knowledge regarding these topics when their courses were done. Sexuality education clearly matters, but there is room for improvement; despite gains in knowledge, the sexuality students' scores were less than perfect. Students in both the sexuality courses and other psychology courses maintained neutral attitudes toward same-sex sexual orientation and gender reassignment surgery, and these attitudes did not change following enrollment in a semester-long course in sexuality education. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas