The purpose of the current study was to explore how/if educators interpret sexuality education for early elementary-aged children, if they think that introducing sex education could benefit children, any preservice training they’d undergone regarding teaching sex education, and what do they perceive as barriers. While previous research does reveal some data about educators’ perspectives on this topic, almost none is conducted in the United States. In addition, little information exists on models of sexual development beyond Freud or what sexual development looks like in people prior to puberty. This was a qualitative study which gathered data from four participants through in-depth interviews about their experiences and practices. Participants described that children do come to schools with some knowledge of sexual topics, and while educators supported children through an emotionally focused curriculum, they still struggled with the private nature of sex education. Finally, participants expressed a desire for more education and training regarding teaching comprehensive sex education in early elementary classrooms. Findings suggest a need for further research in this field and investment in professional development.
|Advisor:||Schmidt, Jenine V., Shimpi Driscoll, Priya M.|
|Department:||Education - Early Childhood Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public Health Education, Educational psychology, Elementary education|
|Keywords:||Curriculum, Education models, Emotion, Sexual health, Sexuality|
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