Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of Discourse Present in Sex Education Literature from Palm Beach County Middle Schools: Are Kids Really Learning?
by De Avila, Elizabeth, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2017, 106; 10610503
Abstract (Summary)

Issues of sexual assault have become pervasive across all social strata in American society. Citizens need to start having conversations regarding these issues. To combat the issue of sexual assault, children need to be educated regarding the multifaceted aspects of sex through sex education in order to understand consent and resources they have available to them. Utilizing grounded theory methodology, this thesis analyzes sex education literature provided to Palm Beach County Middle School students. Using Burke’s theory of terministic screens and Foucauldian theories of power and control; an understanding of the ideological underpinnings of this literature and discourse were acquired. After analysis, suggestions for disclosure and sex education programs are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Durnell-Uwechue, Nannetta
Commitee: Darlington, Patricia, Poole, Deandre
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Health education, Science education
Keywords: Childhood sexuality, Rhetoric, Sex education, Sexual assault, Sexual assualt disclosure, Sexual discourse
Publication Number: 10610503
ISBN: 978-1-369-84935-6
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