Teachers Attitudes toward Teaching Sexuality Education to Secondary School Students in Numan Education Zone of Adamawa State, Nigeria
AbstractThe study examined the attitude of secondary school teachers towards teaching sexuality education in Numan Educational Zone of Adamawa State. One research question and three research hypotheses were postulated for the study. This study adopted the descriptive survey research design, with a target population comprising 48 senior secondary schools and 474 senior secondary school teachers in Numan Education Zone. Twenty schools were selected by simple random sampling technique, while 10 teachers were selected from each of the schools by stratified sampling technique using sex and class taught as strata, totalling 200 respondents as sample size. The research instrument "Teachers Attitudes towards Teaching Sexuality Education" (TATSE) was adapted from Yakubu, Andrew and Kolawole (2015). The validity of the instrument was carried out by an expert in Guidance and Counselling Department of Educational Foundations, Adamawa State University, Mubi. The reliability of the instrument was carried out in Government Day Secondary School, Mubi using test-retest reliability method and a reliability coefficient of 0.87 was obtained. Data were administered and collected by the researcher on the spot. These were then analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics such as mean, Standard Deviation and t-test analysis. The result from the findings of this study showed that there was no significant difference between male and female teachers’ attitudes towards teaching sexuality education in Numan Educational Zone. It was also noted that there was a significant difference between married and single teachers’ attitude towards teaching of sexuality education in senior secondary school in Numan Educational Zone. Finally, the study asserted that there was a significant difference between experienced and less experienced teachers’ attitude towards teaching of sexuality education in senior secondary school in Numan Educational Zone. Considering the finding of this study, it was concluded that sexuality education is desirous in our secondary schools, it was found that some teachers regardless of their gender and area of specialization have negative attitude toward teaching sexuality education. It was recommended that a curriculum of sexuality education should be drawn up for all secondary schools in Nigeria. Also, the government should train teachers specially to handle sexuality education in schools.Keywords: Sexuality education, adolescents, teachers attitudes, reproductive health problems and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
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