Let's Talk about Sex: Teaching Adolescents with Intellectual Disability about Sexuality Education

Anis Raihan, Dzeidee Schaff and Fitri Suraya, Binti Mohamad (2018) Let's Talk about Sex: Teaching Adolescents with Intellectual Disability about Sexuality Education. In: International Conference and Innovation Exhibition on Global Education, 28-29 November 2018, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Sexuality education is a difficult topic to encroach, particularly within communities where sex is stigmatized as a taboo topic for open discussion. This qualitative case study explores the experiences of teachers who are responsible for teaching adolescents with intellectual disability about sexuality education at a secondary school in a special education programme in semi-rural Sarawak. The study investigates the teaching approaches to teach cognitive and social-behavioural aspects of sexuality education. It also documents challenges in teaching adolescents with intellectual disability about sexuality education. Findings revealed that cognitively, the adolescents’ comprehension and memory are greatly aided by the use of concrete materials, modelling strategy, and constant repetition; attention and focus in class are obtained by the use of multimedia and storytelling approach; and interestingly, the understanding about sexuality is affected by the language used in content delivery and classroom dialogue. In the social-behavioural aspect, the findings revealed the importance of teachers and students’ comfort when talking about sexuality, mixed gender classes, peer guidance, and the adolescents’ intrapersonal intelligence. All these aspects are key in ensuring that the adolescents are able to reach an understanding and acceptance towards learning about sexuality education. The study also discovered that limitation of teaching materials, the adolescents’ unsupervised usage of the technology, and the sensitivity of sexuality education within the local home setting are among the main challenges faced by the teachers in teaching about sexuality education. The study also uncovered how the adolescents’ limited mental capabilities particularly in the social-behavioural domain has resulted in the adolescents displaying tendencies toward sexually risky behaviours which in turn, exposed them to sexually risky situations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual disability, sexuality education, special education, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Mohamad Hapni Joblie
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 01:01
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 01:01
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/23001

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