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Sexuality Education Theory and Practice, 6th Edition

  • Clint Bruess
  • Elizabeth Schroeder
  • ISBN-10: 1449649270
  • ISBN-13: 9781449649272
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Sexuality Education Theory and Practice prepares students planning to be sexuality educators and administrators, as well as seasoned teaching professionals seeking current information and successful methods for teaching elementary, secondary and college students about sexuality with confidence. Sexuality Education Theory and Practice strikes a balance between content and instructional strategies that help students assess their own attitudes and knowledge of human sexuality. Emphasizing that sex education is an integral part of a comprehensive health education program, the text is ideal for helping students from a variety of backgrounds teach sexuality to learners of all ages.


  • Includes comprehensive case studies and example exercises

  • Covers basic descriptions of many aspects of sexuality education

  • Includes engagin strategies, activities, and Insights sections

  • The contect is succinct, thoughtful, and engaging

  • The text addresses pertinent issues related to sexuality education

  • The text includes chapter summaries and suggested readings

  • The implementation section of the text is a unique differentiator to this text

  • The text is well organized and clearly identifies chapter objectives.

About the Author

Clint Bruess

Dr. Clint E. Bruess is Dean Emeritus of the School of Education and Professor Emeritus of Health Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also Professor Emeritus at Birmingham-Southern College. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Macalester College, his master’s at the University of Maryland, and his doctorate at Temple University. Dr. Bruess was a professor at West Chester University, Towson University (also department chair), and The University of Alabama at Birmingham (also department chair and later Dean of the School of Education), before becoming Division Chair and Professor at Birmingham-Southern College. He also directed the School Health Education Project for the National Center for Health Education for three years. Dr. Bruess has coauthored more than 15 textbooks in the areas of human sexuality, sexuality education, personal health, and school health programs. In addition, he has published numerous articles in professional journals and served in elected and appointed positions for the American School Health Association (also a Fellow), American Association for Health Education (also a Fellow), and Society of Public Health Educators. Dr. Bruess continues to review professional articles for Health Education, The Journal of School Health, The International Journal of Health Education, The American Journal of Health Behavior, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Elizabeth Schroeder

Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., is the executive director for Answer, a national sexuality education organization dedicated to providing and promoting unfettered access to comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them. An award-winning, internationally recognized educator, trainer, and author in the areas of sexuality education pedagogy, LGBTQ issues and curriculum development, she has worked with thousands of youth-serving professionals, adolescents and parents in the United States and overseas. Dr. Schroeder is a co-founding editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and has authored or edited numerous publications, including the four-part book series, Sexuality Education: Past, Present and Future. She is a frequently sought-out spokesperson in the news media on issues relating to sexual health education and youth development. Before joining Answer, Dr. Schroeder worked in school- and community-based settings all around the world, and served as an assistant professor at Montclair State University, the associate vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood of New York City, and, before that, manager of education and special projects at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A national spokesperson on sexuality and adolescent development, Dr. Schroeder has received numerous honors throughout her career, including the Carol Mendez Cassell Award for excellence in sexuality education, the Schiller Prize for her approaches to teaching Internet safety to youth, the William R. Stayton Award “in recognition of outstanding leadership in the field of human sexuality,” and the Mary Lee Tatum Award, given annually to “the person who most exemplifies the qualities of an ideal sexuality educator.” She holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and a Master of Social Work from New York University.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction to Sexuality Education
Chapter 1: Sexuality, You, and the Learner
Chapter 2: Foundations for Sexuality Education
Chapter 3: The Controversy
Chapter 4: Understanding Yourself

Part Two: Biological, Psychological, and Sociological Aspects of Sexuality Education
Chapter 5: A View from the Inside
Chapter 6: The Cognitive and Psychological Side of Sexuality
Chapter 7: Family Life and Interpersonal Relationships
Chapter 8: The Sociological Side of Sexuality

Part Three: Sexual Decision Making
Chapter 9: Sexual Values, Ethics, and Decision Making
Chapter 10: Sexual Behaviors

Part Four: Conducting Sexuality Education
Chapter 11: Sexuality Education: Setting the Learning Climate
Chapter 12: Learning Strategies for Sexuality Education
Chapter 13: Strategies for Learning and Teaching About Sexually Transmitted Infections
Chapter 14: What Should Be Taught at Different Levels and in Different Settings?
Chapter 15: The Educator and Sexual Counseling

Part Five: Program Implementation and Evaluation
Chapter 16: Implementing a Sexuality Education Program
Chapter 17: Evaluation and Assessment in Sexuality Education
Chapter 18: Effectiveness of Sexuality Education and the Sexuality Educator