ERIC Number: EJ1128381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Perspectives on Conceptualizing Developmentally Appropriate Sexuality Education
Silvério Marques, Sara; Goldfarb, Eva S.; Deardorff, Julianna; Constantine, Norman A.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v12 n1 p35-54 2017
Despite recognition of the importance of a developmentally appropriate approach to sexuality education, there is little direct guidance on how to do this. This study employed in-depth interviews with experienced sexuality educators and developers of sexuality education materials to identify how this concept is understood and applied in the field. Developmentally appropriate sexuality education was conceptualized consistently across interviews to include (a) addressing developmentally relevant topics, (b) adapting content to cognitive development, (c) accommodating developmental diversity, and (d) facilitating the internalization of sexual health messages. However, these views fell short of incorporating the breadth of knowledge offered by adolescent development research.
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Sex Education, Adolescents, Health Promotion, Health Education, Adolescent Development, Sexuality, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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