Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Human sexuality education in the middle grades classroom: A review of curricula in a sample of Florida school districts
by Myrick, Melinda D., Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2007, 155; 3256953
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the extent to which human sexuality topics are covered in Florida middle school science classrooms and the process by which curricular decisions are made regarding human sexuality education on a county-wide basis. Primary data included interviews with county-level administrators who oversee curricular decisions related to the middle-grades science curriculum or health curriculum in twelve school districts within the state. These districts represented four geographic locations and districts of various sizes. Administrators from four of the twelve studies in the sample chose to provide information regarding their human sexuality education curriculum. In two cases, teacher leads were identified and were interviewed to understand the implementation of the curriculum within the classroom.

Additional data were collected from the district curriculum guides for human sexuality education and the adopted middle-grades science textbook for each county. The interview and documentary data were analyzed by comparison to established criteria for a comprehensive human sexuality education curriculum.

The analysis revealed that the scope of human sexuality education varied considerably within the sample and that much of the curricula in place failed to include topics and activities that have been identified as important in a successful human sexuality education program. These findings are limited because few counties chose to fully participate. Additional research is clearly needed to examine the effectiveness of existing human sexuality education curricula in Florida. In addition, research is needed to understand the characteristics, values, and beliefs of successful human sexuality education instructors across the state.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boote, David N.
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 68/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Secondary education, Health education, Science education
Keywords: Curricula, Florida, Human sexuality, Middle schools
Publication Number: 3256953
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