n South African Journal of Higher Education - Learners' perceptions and experience of the content and teaching of sexuality education : implications for teacher education : Part 1 : exploration of the critical relationship between higher education and the development of democracy in South Africa

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article aims to explore Grade 11 learners' perceptions and experience of the teaching of sexuality education. A total of 270 adolescent boys (n = 121) and girls (n = 149) from the Heidedal suburb of the greater Mangaung Municipality, South Africa, completed an anonymously written Teaching of Sexuality Education Attitude Scale (TSEAS). The questionnaire was constructed on a six-point Likert scale with response options ranging from 1 (highly disagree) to 6 (highly agree). Factor analysis of the questionnaire and an independent sample t-test to determine the means differences by gender on the scale dimensions were done. The findings showed that boys are significantly more open and comfortable with speaking about sex during class than girls. In addition, the boys reported that they are more comfortable with their sex education teacher and that they, more than girls, could share their experiences about sex. In conclusion, learners' perceptions and experience of the teaching and learning of sexuality education may be useful in scaling up efforts to enhance the content of sexuality education and how it is taught. More importantly, however, there is a need to find ways to increase girl's participation and comfort level in the sexuality education classroom. The article concludes with implications for teacher education.

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