ERIC Number: EJ970360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Online Discussion about Sexuality Education in Schools
Broadbear, James T.; Broadbear, Barbara C.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v15 p16-28 2012
Sexuality education in schools continues to be a controversial issue although public debate has seemingly calmed in recent years. Dialogue about the value and purpose of sexuality education for adolescents can provide health education specialists a better understanding of public opinion and online discussion may be a potentially ideal way to foster these discussions. The purpose of this study was two-fold--to analyze college students' perceptions of sexuality education in schools and to consider the unique context of online discussion about this topic and the influence of this format on discourse. A qualitative research design was used to analyze the content of five asynchronous online discussion forums about sexuality education in schools. Several themes emerged from the analysis including participants' observations about the quality of sexuality education, what adolescents should be taught, parent and sibling roles, and the influence of the media. Xin and Feenberg's four component model of computer-mediated communication was used to consider the value of online discussion. Reflections on the components led to the conclusion that online discussion produced vigorous and rich dialogue about sexuality education.
Descriptors: Research Design, Qualitative Research, Health Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Sex Education, Student Attitudes, Adolescents, Sexuality, College Students, Parent Role, Siblings, Mass Media Effects, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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