Evaluating Resources

In addition to the resources found on this site there are many other additional sexual health education resources teachers can use. It is important to choose resources that are comprehensive, evidence based, and that reflect instructional methods proven to be effective at influencing positive behavioural change. Using the following checklist will help you evaluate a resource to determine if it may be effective. The more times you can answer ‘yes’ the better the resource.

Instruction – the way students receive information

Do the resources consider:

  • Alberta Education Program of Studies and my school’s policies?
  • Comprehensive Sexual Health (evidence based)?
  • Age/developmental appropriateness?
  • Student participation in the school/community?
  • Diversity issues?
  • Student strengths rather than risk factors?
  • Clear expectations and reinforcement?

Will the student engage in:

  • Setting and taking action towards their sexual health goals?
  • Critical thinking and problem solving / decision making skills?
  • Communication and negotiation skills?
  • Self-reflection and building a positive identity?

Instruction – the way students receive information

Do the resources promote:

  • Teachers becoming positive role models?
  • Positive school policies?
  • Integrating sexual health into other subjects?
  • Choosing and working with family/community role models in activities?

Will the student:

  • Seek positive peer/adult role models for support to make informed sexual health choices?

Support Services – professional organizations within your community

Do the resources encourage:

  • Identifying and working with sexual health community organizations in the school?
  • Ensuring supports are in place for disclosures?

Will the student:

  • Identify and be able to access sexual health community organizations?

Healthy Physical Environment – supporting healthy sexual change

Do the resources encourage:

  • Creating an environment that is conducive to sexual health? (posters, pamphlets, programs)

Will the student:

  • Participate in maintaining and supporting a positive school environment?

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