'You need to have some guts to teach': Teacher preparation and characteristics for the teaching of sexuality and HIV/AIDS education in South African schools

SAHARA J. 2015:12:30-8. doi: 10.1080/17290376.2015.1085892.


Using in-depth interviews, we asked sexuality educators in South Africa about their own professional preparation and what they believed were necessary educator characteristics for teaching Sexuality Education. Our findings show that our teachers taught Sexuality Education without any appropriate qualification or preparation, but because they had a lighter teaching load and had room to take on more teaching hours. Nevertheless, they all mention that 'not anybody can teach Sexuality Education'. Drawing on Shulman's taxonomy of knowledge and Freire's concept of critical consciousness, we attempt to make meaning of the teachers' responses and their relevance for the teaching of Sexuality Education.

Keywords: Afrique du Sud; South Africa; connaissance pédagogique du contenu; conscience critique; content pedagogical knowledge; critical consciousness; sexuality education; éducation sexuelle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Schools*
  • Self Concept
  • Sex Education*
  • Sexuality
  • Social Responsibility
  • South Africa / epidemiology
  • Teaching / methods*