ERIC Number: ED382572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Scope and Efficiency of HIV/AIDS Instruction in Secondary Education.
Garman, J. Frederick; Lottes, Christine R.
First-year students (n=255) at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania completed a survey instrument concerning human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), during the initial meetings of a general health course. Ninety-four percent of respondents had received information about HIV/AIDS at the secondary school level. The most frequently allocated amount of instructional time devoted to HIV/AIDS was 0 to 6 hours. The three most common venues for presenting HIV/AIDS information were health class (83 percent of respondents), other gatherings such as assemblies, and physical education class. Multiple instructional strategies were employed, with lecture, use of pamphlets, and films/videos most frequent. The sample, as a whole, exhibited qualitative and quantitative characteristics that were consistent with or exceeded previously reported instructional data. HIV/AIDS knowledge was influenced by age, gender, place of residence, class rank, method of presentation, quantity of instructional time devoted to the topic, comprehensiveness of content, and other variables. Class rank and presentation of information in an instructional unit (series of lessons) appeared to be the best predictors of HIV/AIDS knowledge retention. (Contains 22 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Kutztown University PA