In search of healthy sexuality: the gap between what youth want and what teachers think they need

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa


 
 
Field Value
 
Title In search of healthy sexuality: the gap between what youth want and what teachers think they need
 
Creator Beyers, Christa
 
Subject — communication; sexuality; social network sites
Description The fact that youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are most vulnerable to contract HIV (UNAIDS, 2011) is a clear indication that adults are failing to provide them with the necessary skills and information to make informed decisions about healthy sexuality. Adults, including teachers, have a responsibility to engage youth about sexuality, in order to challenge critical thinking with the aim of contributing towards healthy and responsible individuals. Presently, sexuality education is taught as a component of Life Orientation, and teachers are given a considerable amount of autonomy on what and how to teach. This article aims to explore the gap between what youth want from sexuality education and what teachers think they need. I pose two questions: What are the sexuality education needs of youth? What do teachers think youth need in terms of sexuality education? To answer these questions, I argue that teachers seem to have knowledge on what youth need, but do not necessarily respond to what youth require in terms of sexuality education. Using an interpretive stance, I explore potential gaps and possible opportunities in how sexuality education is taught and discuss the need for a common agreement on, or understanding for the teaching and learning of sexuality education. I conclude with direction that future research might take.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor
Date 2013-12-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v9i3.197
 
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 9, No 3 (2013); 11 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/197/165
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2013 Christa Beyers https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0