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Awareness, knowledge and willingness to deal with sexual education among students in academic colleges of education in Israel

Awareness, knowledge and willingness to deal with sexual education among students in academic colleges of education in Israel

It is commonly accepted that sex education should start at early age. Most teachers hold positive attitudes towards programs on sex education, but some surveys showed a discrepancy between overt attitudes towards sex education and willingness to practice this as part of the professional duty.

This study is the first in Israel to check attitudes, knowledge, and willingness of students of education to deal with topics connected to sex and family life education as part of their teaching tasks. The data were collected through a closed questionnaire with a sample of 757 students-teachers from seven educational colleges in Israel.
The findings show that most students did not receive a comprehensive sex education during their school education. The majority of respondents think it is important to include sex education in the school curriculum, and most are in favor of dealing with sex education themselves when they become teachers. The topic of sexual violence is perceived as most important by the students. About half responded that they require further information on this topic. The other important topic is «Directions for Help» in case of distress.
Responses to the knowledge questions showed a lack of knowledge in physiology and anatomy of the reproductive system, STIs, contraceptives, abortions, sexual orientation, and sexual violence. A healthy, responsible and educated sexual behavior is crucial in the life of every young person in the modern society. Colleges of education should consider adding courses and workshops that deal with these important subjects.

Speakers: Dr Ilana Brosch
Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2009

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