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Sex instruction for teenagers -- Iowa; Sex instruction for teenagers; Iowa;


The present study investigated what content in the area of human sexuality was being delivered to secondary students in the state of Iowa. The study was a descriptive study, which investigated the lesson plans used by the teacher(s) who delivered the participating school's sexuality education component. Specifically, the study compared what information schools cited that they were delivering to secondary students with a preset coding system developed by Ogletree, Rienzo, Drolet & Fetro (1995) to evaluate sexuality education curricula. Three areas were looked at which included sexually related content, skill building strategies, and teaching strategies. Results indicated that the participating schools reported, on average, using well under half of the best practice criteria. Further analysis of the submitted lesson plans suggested that the content delivered was primarily biologically based with an emphasis on disease prevention. The skill building strategies that were reported being used were lecture-based examinations of decision making and perceived STD/HIV risks. The instructional strategies reported that were used by a majority of the schools included lecture format, audiovisual materials, and large group discussion. How the results reflect best practice is discussed with an emphasis of how people, specifically adolescents, learn, process, and generalize information about human intimacy and sexuality in their everyday lives.

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Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Donald W. Schmits


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