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TitleA multiple case study based on action-oriented sexuality education: perspectives of the portuguese teachers
Author(s)Vilaça, Teresa
Case studies
Health promoting schools
Sexuality education
Action competence
Sex education
Action and action competence
Issue date2017
JournalHealth Education
CitationVilaça, T. (2017). A multiple case study based on action-oriented sexuality education: Perspectives of Portuguese teachers. Health Education, 117(1), 110-126.
Abstract(s)Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss teachers’ practices, barriers and facilitating factors associated with a regional school-based action-oriented sexuality education (SE) project with the use of information and communication technology. Design/methodology/approach – This qualitative research was anchored in a constructivist paradigm, set up as a multiple case study (six schools) with exploratory aims. Observation, teacher group interview, online class-diaries and contents of the project website were used for data collection. Cross-case analysis was carried out following single case analyses. Findings – It was found that when teachers attend in-service teacher education and training they develop professional competences to act as facilitators of students’ inquiry-based learning on action-oriented knowledge and on carrying out collective actions to promote sexual health and well-being. Collaborative and reflexive work among teachers emerged as a facilitator factor and SE integration in the school curriculum as the principal barrier. Research limitations/implications – The results of the cross-case analysis of this qualitative research based on single cases developed in their own social contexts can only be generalized with caution to other similar contexts. Practical implications – Despite the limitations of this study, it has great importance for both research and practice as it contributes to the evidence regarding the implementation of the combined action of the democratic approach (participatory and action-oriented) and the use of ICT on SE. Originality/value – This paper provides important information for those working on school health education projects, particularly considering how action-oriented SE is applied in different contexts.
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