Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educators’ Perspectives on Sex Education for Elementary-Aged Children
by de la Mora, Victoria, M.A., Mills College, 2020, 60; 27964745
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmidt, Jenine V., Shimpi Driscoll, Priya M.
School: Mills College
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
Publication Number: 27964745
ISBN: 9798635294406
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