Primary schools and the delivery of relationships and sexuality education: The experience of Queensland teachers

Johnson, Rebecca L., Sendall, Marguerite C. and McCuaig, Louise A. (2014) Primary schools and the delivery of relationships and sexuality education: The experience of Queensland teachers. Sex Education, 14 4: 359-374. doi:10.1080/14681811.2014.909351

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Author Johnson, Rebecca L.
Sendall, Marguerite C.
McCuaig, Louise A.
Title Primary schools and the delivery of relationships and sexuality education: The experience of Queensland teachers
Journal name Sex Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-0825
1468-1811
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14681811.2014.909351
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 359
End page 374
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Primary school provides an appropriate opportunity for children to commence comprehensive relationships and sexuality education (RSE), yet many primary school teachers avoid teaching this subject area. In the absence of teacher confidence and competence, schools have often relied on health promotion professionals, external agencies and/or one-off issue-related presentations rather than cohesive, systematic and meaningful health education. This study examines the implementation of a 10-lesson pilot RSE unit of work and an accompanying assessment task in two primary schools in South-East Queensland, Australia. Drawing predominantly from qualitative data, the research explores the experiences of primary school teachers as they engage with RSE curriculum resources and content delivery. The results show the provision of a high-quality RSE curriculum resource grounded in contemporary educational principles and practices enables teachers to feel more confident to deliver RSE and minimises potential barriers such as parental objections and fear of mishandling sensitive content.
Keyword Sexuality education
Primary school
Curriculum resources
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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