Attitudes of primary teacher trainees toward sexuality education in Kenya Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of primary teacher trainees toward sexuality education as a component of family life education in Kenya. The study was designed to determine the relationship between attitudes toward sexuality education and teacher trainees knowledge regarding sexuality education. The study was also designed to examine the relationship between the teacher trainees' attitudes and their perceived readiness to teach selected family life education topics. In addition, the study was designed to examine the influence of selected personal variables on the teacher trainees' attitudes toward sexuality education. The sample for this study consisted of 150 first-year students enrolled as primary teacher trainees at Thogoto Teachers College, Kenya, during the academic year 1988- 1989. Data for this study were collected by means of a structured questionnaire designed for this study and validated by a panel of experts. The instrument contained 68 response items grouped into five categories: attitude toward teaching sexuality education, attitude toward teenage sexual behavior, knowledge regarding adolescent development, perceived readiness to teach family life education topics and information on selected personal variables. The respondents' attitude toward teaching sexuality education and attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior tended to be neutral. They also had relatively low scores on the knowledge test. Significant relationships did not exist between attitude toward teaching sexuality education and the teacher trainees' attitude-toward teen-age sexual behavior or their knowledge regarding sexuality education. However, a significant relationship was found between the teacher trainees' attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior and their knowledge of sexuality education. Results also indicated no significant relationship between attitude toward teaching sexuality education and the teacher trainees' willingness to teach selected family life education topics except for the topic on sexually transmitted diseases. A significant relationship was found between the teacher trainees' attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior and their willingness to teach topics on: puberty, dating and relationships, conception and birth, birth control methods, and values on sexual behavior. Regarding attitudes toward sexuality education and the teacher trainees' personal variables, results indicated a lack of significant relationship or difference in attitude toward teaching sexuality education or attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior by age, marital status, years of teaching experience as untrained teacher and experience in teaching sexuality education topics. Although no significant differences were indicated in attitude toward teaching sexuality education by Catholics and Protestants, significant differences were found between Catholics and Protestants in attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior. Similarly, male subjects had a more positive attitude toward teen-age sexual behavior than female subjects.
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