Degree

BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)

Department

Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission

2022-08-10

Advisor

Zenab Tariq

Committee

Dr. Sumrin Kalia

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access

Abstract

This research study aimed to examine the attitudes of the educators and parents with regards to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education, as a part of the private school curriculum. As parents, teachers, and principals hold the authority over underage children, it is essential to know their point of view as to how they perceive education regarding sex, puberty, bodily protection, developmental changes, family planning, and reproductive health issues. Keeping in mind the scope of this research, I focused only on middle, upper-middle and upper socio economic status. This study adopted a mixed-method approach; where initially quantitative data was gathered through self-designed survey, followed by qualitative information through in-depth interviews. For this research, convenience and random sampling technique were used. There are total of 50 participants; 20 parents, 20 teachers and 10 principals each. Moreover, 5 out of these 50 participants were then recruited for further qualitative interviews. This research also aimed to discover correlation amongst dependent and independent variable, thus, I will be using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to analyze the data. Lastly, I have also used thematic analysis and manual coding, in order to narrow down the data to specific themes. The results highlighted that most of the participants are in favor of SRHR education if it is taught in well-structured and designed manner. To further elaborate, all the participants supported the timeline set between grades 5 till a levels, regarding the introduction of topics, as per the student’s mental age. However, there was still a strong sense of resistance regarding the education of sex, STDs, contraceptives and family planning at any particular age. Nevertheless, the majority appreciated same-sex instructors as the students and preferred teachers over counselors or external organization to be the primary advocate of SRHR education.

Pages

1,97

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