Global Approaches to Sexuality Education (Live Stream)

Special Session

Julie Mapes Wilgen, Olaf Kapella, Carol Darling
Presider: Debra L. Berke

1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Key Ballroom 5
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Special Session
Session Focus
  • Research
  • Practice
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  • Education & Enrichment
  • Families & Health

About the Session

Three presenters with global experience in teaching, observing, and interviewing in the area of sexuality education will offer insights and initiatives to address several questions: Why is Europe's holistic approach so effective? How does a country's history impact acceptance and support for sexuality education? How can parents, students, and community leaders be integrated into the planning process for programs? What are the WHO-European standards for sexuality education? What are some comparisons in teaching human sexuality in the U.S., Sweden, Finland, South Korea, and Costa Rica? How does cultural context impact sexual issues, as noted in recent survey responses about international family life education?

Olaf Kapella: Holistic Sexuality Education — The European Approach

Olaf Kapella, Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher from the Austrian Institute for Family Studies, will lead an exercise used with all ages in Europe to stimulate critical thinking about the components of sexuality and integrate responses as a way of understanding the holistic model of sexuality education. Olaf's work with the WHO Initiative on Standards of Sexuality Education reflects the more sex-positive approaches in Europe as compared to the U.S. Topics:

  • History of sexuality education in Europe
  • The WHO-Europe Initiative on Standards of Sexuality Education in Europe (Why? How? Inclusion of the standards and its main concept)
  • Examples of programs and approaches to illustrate the holistic concept (e.g., the Austrian model and others)

Julie Mapes Wilgen: The Swedish Model of Sexuality Education and Why It Works

Julie Wilgen, Associate Professor from the University of Delaware whose two sabbaticals took her to Austria and Sweden in 2002 and 2010 respectively, will describe how, historically, sexuality education in Sweden has laid a foundation for positive and inclusive attitudes toward sexuality in one's own health and respect of other genders, orientations, and cultures across the lifespan with emphasis on equality. Topics:

  • Historic consistency in messages and support from Government, Social and Educational Policies, Media, Parents, Clinics, and Schools
  • Normalizing sexuality as part of holistic development across lifespan
  • Inclusive sexuality education for native-born and immigrant populations

Carol A. Darling, CFLE: Global Sexuality Education: Context and Content

Carol Darling, CFLE, Professor Emerita, Florida State University, will present a model of human sexuality she has used successfully in four countries to discuss the importance of cultural context. With insights from teaching abroad and from a recent survey on international family life education, she will share relevant teaching activities and learning experiences from a global perspective.Topics:

  • Presentation of Human Sexuality Model used in teaching human sexuality in the U.S., Finland, South Korea, and Costa Rica. The model integrates dimensions of Physiological Psychological, and Cognitive Processes along with the influence of Gender and Culture through Time, both historical and personal.
  • The role of cultural context will be illustrated by incorporating sexuality-related issues from a recent survey about international family life education. Responses are from 6 continents, 29 countries, and 49 family professionals.
  • Application of model to international teaching experiences, personal insights, and student learning experiences.

(Sponsored by the Education and Enrichment and Family and Health Sections, and Iowa State University)

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