Building Capacity to Talk, Teach, and Tackle Sexual Health

Lokanc-Diluzio, Wendi; Cobb, Heather; Harrison, Ray; Nelson, Alison
September 2007
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2007, Vol. 16 Issue 3/4, p135
Academic Journal
Teaching youth about sexual health in the classroom can be a daunting task. In-service training is an important vehicle for increasing the knowledge, comfort and skills of teachers new to this area and for updating those who are more experienced. The Sexual and Reproductive Health Program of the Calgary Health Region offers such in-service training to strengthen the capacity of teachers to deliver the Alberta Education human sexuality curriculum. This article outlines the objectives, content, diverse methods of delivery, and evaluation of 11 such in-services for either elementary or junior high school teachers. Individualized access to computers in each session allowed hands-on guided exploration of teachingsexualhealth.ca, a provincial site, as a resource for implementing the curriculum. Pre- and post-surveys showed self-reported increases in knowledge, comfort and perceived ability to present accurate information. Eight suggestions for in-service training about sexual health are presented.


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