Personal experiences and opinions of the teacher candidates about sexual education


Personal experiences and opinions of the teacher candidates

about sexual education

Ilhami Unluoglu, Aysegul Kul Uludag, Ugur Bilge, Ahmet Keskin,

Zafer Ulusoy

Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine Department of Family

Medicine Eskisehir/Turkey

Objectives: Turkey is a country that has a great young

population; with 15-22 years old comprising 21 % of the society. However, there

is a lack in sexual education(SE). Recently, young population has started to

receive reproductive health education since they represent a high risk group of

unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Design and Methods: The questionnaire applied to the last

term students of Osmangazi University Faculty of Education to specify; how they

got the knowledge about sex from, whom they got from, if they had taken any

lessons about reproductive health, if so; whether it was enough or not, which of

SE they want to get, in the future whom they want their children to give SE,

where and when they want these educations given. These questions were asked to

them, face to face, to learn their opinions about SE and family planning .

Results: One hundred and forty participants (between the

ages of 19-29) were included in the study. 81 (57.9%) of these were females and

59 (42.1%) were males. 69.3% of the students were from city centers, 30.7% of

them were from rural area. In the study, 91.0% of females and 72.8% of males

stated that they had their knowledge about sexual topics from friends. The

second most popular source for females was books (50.6%), and for males (42.3%)

was internet. 50.6% of the females stated that ;they want to take SE from

educated young or adult persons whereas 47.4% of males prefered health centers

or health workers. Among 53 (37.8%) students, took education about reproductive

health from their schools, only 10 of them said that the education was

sufficient. 60.4% of females informed that they want to take education mostly

about pregnancy, birth and abortion, whereas; 59.3% of the males want

information mostly about STDs. 65.0% of the participants state that, in the

future, SE should be given to their children by their family and also this SE

must be supported in schools.

Conclusions: Current study was conducted to get the

opinions of future teacher candidates about reproductive health and make use of

these opinions in points that must be taken into account in future SE planning.

It is hopefull that teacher candidates who could not get regular sufficient SE

in the past, demand better education for future generations. It is obvious that

SE must be given continuously throughout all ages and teachers must be given a

higher support in doing this since teachers and teacher candidates play an

important role in future planning.

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