Listening to the boys again: an exploration of what boys want to learn in sex education classes and how they want to be taught.

Hilton, Gillian (2007) Listening to the boys again: an exploration of what boys want to learn in sex education classes and how they want to be taught. Sex Education, 7 (2). pp. 161-174. ISSN 1468-1811

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Abstract

This article describes the preferences expressed by 16-year-old and 17-year-old boys when they were asked what they want to learn from sex and relationship education classes and how they want to be taught. Research was carried out in eight secondary schools with boys in year 12. Qualitative responses from questionnaires issued to 307 boys were analysed together with the results from three focus groups carried out in three of the schools. The research found that in most areas boys are not being taught what they want to know. The areas of feelings and emotions, sexuality, sexual techniques, sexually transmitted infections, pornography and the effects of the 'boy culture' are not being addressed sufficiently, or in some cases at all. Boys also called for smaller class groups, and for more active methods of teaching and some of them asked for time away from girls to express themselves without censure. They called for more education at an earlier age and that their desire for a safe, non-critical environment should be met.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Education
ID Code:5132
Deposited On:26 Apr 2010 07:10
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