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Values in sexuality education: case studies in HIV/Aids prevention education in Australia and England

Flux, Angela; (1991) Values in sexuality education: case studies in HIV/Aids prevention education in Australia and England. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Research focussing on values in sexuality education with a particular interest in good practice and resource development was undertaken in two research settings. These settings are described with examples of interventions, developments and common themes around sexuality education. The case is made for further research in sex education to provide the context for the two case studies. Models of sex education and the issue of values are discussed. The Action Research method is outlined and the suitability of this approach is presented and reflected upon. Six research questions emerged, from a teaching context, to become the central concerns of the thesis. These questions were: How values aware are educators on sexual issues. What part do human factors play in the expression and perception of values in sexuality education. Do personal values influence our use of resources for sexuality education. What are the values implicit or explicit in resources for sexuality education. Is there any evidence of values-conflict amongst those involved in sexuality education. Is there any evidence of consensus of values or a framework of values about which sexuality educators can agree. Much of the qualitative data emerged from the process of developing curriculum materials for schools. The published resource which resulted from this process, "Working Around AIDS Together" (1988), was developed by the researcher and is currently used in Australia. The thesis draws upon the experience of educators to argue for an increase in values-awareness during teacher training, participation in school sex education policy making and for a process which enables common or core values to become explicit. The thesis highlights the need for all health enhancing values to be respected in educational processes.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Values in sexuality education: case studies in HIV/Aids prevention education in Australia and England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10108191
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