Capstone/Dissertation Title

Provocative pedagogy: deconstructing adolescents' misconceptions about sexuality with media literacy

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

My research and curriculum is a product of cultural curiosity and pedagogical inspiration. Since I became a mother in 2006, I have been more attune to teen pregnancy and sexuality. I wanted to better understand the world that teens live in related to sexuality and how to teach a method of critical thinking that would aid them in decision-making. I quickly learned that sexual literacy literature exists, but minutely. Instead, it is largely linked to media literacy. My research relied heavily on the media saturation of teens in a hypersexual, no consequences culture. Additionally, I studied current sex education in our schools, giving me additional insight into the problem . My curriculum is based on the movie and book franchise, Twilight. The study of the book is preceded by a media literacy unit and focuses on the sexual identity development of the central characters.

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