Teachers` perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Education in high schools in Ecuador with a particular focus on students with emigrated parents

PhD student: Jessica Castillo Nuñez
Summary: In Ecuador, the high rates of teenage pregnancy and partner violence have positioned sexual and reproductive health education as a priority field of concern. In addition, Ecuador shows the highest rates of migration in the Andean Region. So, children and adolescents whose parents have migrated abroad are a growing vulnerable group of risk sexual behaviour. In this context, educational policy pursues to implement sexual education as a transversal axe within the formal curriculum. In this manner, teachers have to assume new responsibilities. The current study aims to identify teachers` perspectives regarding their role as sexual educators on one side. On the other hand, it is expected to explore the perceptions of adolescents` sexual education needs, particularly the needs from those whose parents have migrated. To this goal, a cross sectional explanatory study will be conducted through a mixed design using a quanti-quali sequential strategy.
PhD in Educational Sciences
Promoter(s): Ilse Derluyn, Martin Valcke (Department of Educational Studies, Gent University)
Starting date: September 2013