ERIC Number: ED362825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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The Peer Leader AIDS Education Project.
Carter, D. S. G.; Carter, S. M.
The Peer Leader AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Education Project was developed, implemented, and evaluated in a rural high school in Australia. Student peer leaders, identified by sociometric methods, volunteered to attend a 6-day training camp to learn about health and sexuality, develop social and interpersonal skills, and participate in outdoor education activities. On return to their schools, peer leaders were monitored unobtrusively together with identified members of their peer group to determine whether peer leader influence diffused to other peer group members. One month later, semi-structured interviews were conducted with selected peer leaders, members of their peer group, parents, and teachers. A follow-up interview was conducted 8 weeks later. The project appeared successful in accelerating the processes of growth, maturation, and social development among peer leaders attending the camp. The extent to which changes in the peer leader group transferred to the wider school population, however, should be regarded more circumspectly and to this extent the protocols employed for the overall operation of the project cannot be regarded as efficient. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).