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Inclusive and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education for LGBTQ+ Youth in Alberta Schools

  • Author / Creator
    Sabo-Bassett, Dillon
  • Sexual health education in Alberta is a highly contested topic, particularly how inclusiveand comprehensive sexual health education in Alberta should be taught and incorporated in K-12schools. While all students are impacted by the health curriculum, LGBTQ+ students areparticularly vulnerable, as the current curriculum does not equip them with the knowledge andunderstanding to navigate the complexities of sexual health and relationships they encounter.This research focused on the lived experiences of five young LGBTQ+ individuals from avariety of backgrounds. By sharing their lived experiences and perceptions on the current state ofeducation, the participants hoped to contribute to future changes in the ways Alberta’s LGBTQ+youth interact with sexual health education. Participatory action research and an online focusgroup provided an opportunity for the participants’ experiences and opinions to shaperecommendations on how sexual health education in Alberta can begin to respond to the needs ofLGBTQ+ youth. It was found that, in order for LGBTQ+ youth to be liberated from aprescriptive sexual health education, the curriculum must become more inclusive of LGBTQ+perspectives and educators must participate in relevant and appropriate professional learningexperiences, so they are prepared to support all students to learn more about sexual health.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2018
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WS8J269
  • License
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