The purpose of this study was to present the perspectives of middle school sexuality educators. The problem consisted of two areas. First, the Georgia Department of Education did not have a transparent district record of who was teaching the sexuality education curriculum and what curriculum was being offered. Second, there were limited opportunities for sexuality educators to receive professional learning in their content. This study was a mixed method multiple case study. The researcher collected and analyzed data from school districts and interviewed teachers who had experience in sexuality education professional learning. Quantitative findings included the realization that a large number of rural districts were not teaching sexuality education even though it is required by law. Other quantitative findings pertained to curriculum choice, such as abstinence being taught more often than comprehensive. Qualitative findings included the shared perspective that professional learning can impact and affect the teacher in areas of communication, self-efficacy, and instruction and impact the curriculum making it more attainable and rigorous.
|Commitee:||Griffin, Kimberly, Welch, Jeffery|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Georgia|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sexuality, Public Health Education, Teacher education, Curriculum development, Middle School education|
|Keywords:||Curriculum, Georgia, Mixed methods, Professional learning, Sexuality education|
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