Sex education: a qualitative study of the experiences of window of hope tutors in Ghanaian colleges of education

Yakpir, Gordon Mabengban (2020). Sex education: a qualitative study of the experiences of window of hope tutors in Ghanaian colleges of education. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Abstract

In Ghana, sex and sexuality matters are not subjects for discussion among young people or even between young people and adults (Mack 2011; Nyarko et al., 2014; Van der Geest, 2001). However, initiation rites which have become almost extinct existed to prepare initiates for their roles in marriage (Awusabo-Asare et al., 2004). Faced with the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS first reported in the late 1980s, Ghana introduced many education programs including the Window of Hope (WoH) module for teacher trainees. Teacher educators were offered training which did not include exploring their attitudes, beliefs and values about sexuality which, claim Tijuana et al., (2004), will affect their teaching. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of WoH tutors and propose a model for CPD which incorporates these experiences and their implications for the delivery of the module. Using a qualitative design, 18 tutors were purposively selected and interviewed. It was found that dominant norms such as abstinence before marriage, sex as harmful to young persons, sex as a heterosexual affair and gender as a dualism, influenced the practice of participants. A CPD model and intra-college and inter-college training were proposed among others to address the findings.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Supervisor(s):
Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Stolberg, TonieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bowl, MarionUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Ghana Education Trust Fund
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10329

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