Title

Sex-Related Education: Teacher Preparation and Implementation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

Negative health and academic outcomes have long been associated with risky adolescent sexual behavior. Recent research suggests school-based comprehensive sexual education programs are effective at reducing these behaviors. However, the effectiveness of these programs is dependent on the professional development of those responsible for sex-related education (SRE) implementation. A representative sample of SRE instructors from middle and high schools across Mississippi reported their training for and implementation of state laws regarding SRE. Topics instructors stressed in the curriculum were found to be highly correlated to the topics for which they received professional development. At the same time, instructors reported receiving very few hours of professional development related to SRE. SRE instructors also reported that their greatest need was more professional development. Study findings indicate that SRE instructors should be trained in the specific curriculum as well as in how to effectively present these often personal and sensitive subjects to adolescents.

Publication Title

National Teacher Education Journal

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

5

Last Page

14

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