Sexual health education in Newfoundland and Labrador schools: Junior high school teachers' experiences, coverage of topics, comfort levels and views about professional practice

Ninomiya, Melody Morton
March 2010
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1/2, p15
Academic Journal
This exploratory study sought to identify the experiences, topic coverage, comfort levels, views, and training of junior high school teachers responsible for teaching sexual health education in grades 7, 8, or 9 in Newfoundland and Labrador. All schools with these grades were invited to participate. Thirty-one teachers answered fixed measures and open-ended questions to elicit quantitative and qualitative data on the themes of interest. The findings identify a number of key issues affecting sexual health education in Newfoundland and Labrador. These include: a general absence of pre-service and in-service training; outdated curricular resources; under-coverage of topics associated with pleasure, satisfaction, and behaviour; and a seeming lack of awareness of sexual diversity in the classroom and response to it despite apparent acceptance of and comfort with the topic. These and other findings are discussed in relation to the practice of teaching sexual health education in Newfoundland and Labrador schools.


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