n Journal of Educational Studies - "No ring, no such thing" : teacher positioning on the teaching of sexuality education in Life Orientation

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



This paper reports on teachers positions when teaching sexuality education. Classroom observations of four high school Life Orientation teachers were used to determine whether they teach abstinence education, comprehensive sexuality education, or both. The value of observation, as a method of inquiry, is that it allows researchers an insider perspective of teachers in their own environment. Using positioning theory as a framework, we found that all four teachers used a comprehensive sexuality education framework, but positioned abstinence as the best option to avoid 'negative consequences'. In doing so, the teachers highlighted 'the negative aspects of sexuality' to encourage abstinence.

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