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ERIC Number: EJ887820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
"I Wish I Had Known the Truth Sooner": Middle School Teacher Candidates' Sexuality Education Experiences
Klein, Nicole Aydt; Breck, Susan E.
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v33 n6 p1-10 2010
While many general education classroom teachers encounter issues of sexuality in the middle school classroom, few teacher candidates feel prepared to address them. One source of information for teacher candidates is the role modeling provided by their own teachers when they were elementary and secondary students. In this study, 107 teacher candidates enrolled in a middle level preparation course completed five stem sentences describing their experience of being educated about sexuality when they were younger. The results revealed that 69% of the teacher candidates described poor role modeling. Most commonly, these teacher candidates detailed wanting "more" from their teachers--more depth and breadth, more honesty, and more commitment to providing sexuality information. They indicated that they would have liked to have teachers who were more comfortable with the subject matter and who covered topics such as love and relationships. Without preparation to address these topics, teacher candidates may have the impression that sexuality education is intimidating and uncomfortable and can be handled by a book, video, or outside consultant. Because of the likelihood that non-health teachers will be required to address sexuality, teacher preparation programs need to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to develop confidence and competence relative to sexuality education.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Sentences, Sexuality, Sex Education, Middle School Teachers, Role Models, Student Attitudes, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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