Cognitive and Informative Level of Knowledge about Puberty in Primary School Pupils in Sweden

Knowledge is a summary of the acquired information gained in the learning process. It expresses pupils´awareness. Cognitive and informative level of knowledge about puberty represents the grade of instruction and formulates the amount and quality of information or knowledge. Puberty culminates in reproductive capacity achievement. Puberty can be described as a major hormonal process of physical change in connection with a significantly changing psychic, with the awareness of one´s own personality. Puberty is an important element of sexual education in both the European and the global dimension. Children need to be prepared for puberty on time and appropriately, for all the changes, relations and context. Timely preparedness for puberty means that children should acquire the necessary knowledge of puberty before it starts. That is, during the prepubescent period, when they are primary school pupils. Our pedagogical research realized what level of knowledge about puberty is shown by primary school pupils in Sweden, in the context of research results in the Czech Republic, China and Spain. Didactic test of knowledge was used as a research method for the knowledge finding about puberty in pupils of primary school. The level of puberty knowledge was verified by 9 free-response test tasks. The content of the test tasks was focused on the concept of puberty; on the puberty definition; on the age range of puberty period; on the knowledge of bodily characters changes in boys and girls; on the knowledge of other changes emerging in puberty and on the importance of puberty in human.



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Miluše Rašková, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Marcela Otavová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Conference: ECE2019
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education

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