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Equipping Early Childhood Educators to support the development of sexuality in childhood: Identification of pre- and post-service training needs

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Title: Equipping Early Childhood Educators to support the development of sexuality in childhood: Identification of pre- and post-service training needs
Author: Balter, Alice-Simone; van Rhijn, Tricia; Davies, Adam W. J.
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Abstract: Pre- and post-service sexuality training for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) is lacking in Canadian and international contexts. The objective of this study was to assess pre- and post-service sexuality education instruction and training needs among an ECE population in Ontario, Canada. Sixty-four participants completed an online survey, which included both closed- and open-ended questions. The survey assessed ECEs’: a) perceptions of the quality of addressing sexuality and gender in early learning centres; b) current level of preparation in addressing the development of sexuality; and, c) sexuality training needs. Collectively, participants identified a variety of approaches to sexuality, spoke to themes of inadequate climates to address sexuality education, and the relational characteristics ECEs felt were beneficial for addressing sexuality and gender. Participants (65.6%) recognized the everyday opportunities in which they could engage in discourses of sexuality. Nevertheless, a lack of training to address these domains was notable, with 53.2% reporting inadequate preparation in their current role as an ECE. Findings are discussed in response to a paucity of curriculum documents, which hinders professionals’ ability to adopt an emergent approach to address sexuality and gender.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15928
Date: 2018-05-03
Citation: Balter, A., van Rhijn, T., & Davies, A. (2018). Equipping Early Childhood Educators to support the development of sexuality in childhood: Identification of pre- and post-service training needs. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 27(1), 33-42. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2017-0036


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