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ERIC Number: EJ943672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Outcomes of a Systematically Designed Strategy for the Implementation of Sex Education in Dutch Secondary Schools
Wiefferink, C. H.; Poelman, J.; Linthorst, M.; Vanwesenbeeck, I.; Van Wijngaarden, J. C. M.; Paulussen, T. G. W.
Health Education Research, v20 n3 p323-333 Jun 2005
This study examines the effects of a systematically designed innovation strategy on teachers implementation of a sex education curriculum and its related determinants. A quasi-experimental group design was used to assess the effectiveness of the innovation strategy. Teachers filled in questionnaires on the determinants of curriculum implementation and kept a record of their actual use of the curriculum. We measured several determinants, including teachers curriculum-related beliefs, characteristics of the interactive context and characteristics of the innovation strategy. Participating teachers (n = 109) carried out most of the activities they were supposed to (81%). Multiple linear regression indicated that their outcome beliefs and perceived instrumentality of the curriculum best predicted extent of use of the curriculum (R[superscript 2] = 0.23). The innovation strategy had a positive impact not only on extent of use (18.4 activities versus 15.8 activities; t = 2.3, P less than 0.05), but also on teachers curriculum-related beliefs. It can be concluded that a systematically designed innovation strategy has the potential to produce significant changes in classroom-based sex-education practices. Not only did teachers exposed to the innovation strategy implement more of the curriculum than teachers in the control group, also teachers beliefs and expectations about student learning constituting their classroom behavior changed accordingly. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands