‘Sex education should be taught, fine…but we make sure they control themselves’: teachers' beliefs and attitudes towards young people's sexual and reproductive health in a Ugandan secondary school

Iyer, Padmini and Aggleton, Peter (2012) ‘Sex education should be taught, fine…but we make sure they control themselves’: teachers' beliefs and attitudes towards young people's sexual and reproductive health in a Ugandan secondary school. Sex Education:Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13 (1). pp. 40-53. ISSN 1468-1811

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Abstract

Although schools have been identified as important settings in which young people's sexual and reproductive health (SRH) can be promoted, there has been limited research into the role of teachers in delivering sex education programmes. This paper describes findings from a qualitative study of teachers' beliefs and attitudes towards young people's SRH in a Ugandan secondary school, and discusses the ways in which conservative attitudes to young people's sexual activity and an adherence to gender stereotypes can limit students' access to SRH information and services. Teachers' attitudes, beliefs and often superstitions relating to young people's sexual activity inevitably affect the content and nature of school-based sex education. Findings from this preliminary study suggest that, rather than assuming teachers act as neutral delivery mechanisms in schools, these attitudes and beliefs must be taken into consideration and addressed in the development of school-based sex education programmes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: young people, sexual and reproductive health, teacher attitudes, schools, Uganda
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Padmini Iyer
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 11:18
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 14:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55657

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