ERIC Number: ED305524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Software for Teaching about AIDS & Sex: A Critical Review of Products. A MicroSIFT Report.
This document contains critical reviews of 10 microcomputer software packages and two interactive videodisc products designed for use in teaching about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and sex at the secondary school level and above. Each package was reviewed by one or two secondary school health teachers and by a staff member from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's Technology Program using the MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluation form. The 12 packages reviewed are: (1) AIDS Information Delivery System; (2) AIDS--An Educational Program; (3) AIDS: Informational Defense System; (4) AIDS: The Investigation; (5) AIDS: The New Epidemic; (6) Body Awareness Resource Network: AIDS; (7) Body Awareness Resource Network: Human Sexuality; (8) Practicing Sexual Decision Making; (9) Romance: Game of Choice About Sex; (10) STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease Information; (11) Understanding AIDS; and (12) Venereal Disease. A section on findings calls the overall results somewhat disappointing, noting that most packages were tutorials followed by drill questions perceived as dull and uninspiring to students. The teachers' views on AIDS as a serious topic is given as one reason for the criticism received by packages using a game format. It is reported that teachers were generally satisfied with the content, finding a broad range of depth and maturity levels in the materials available. For each product, information is provided on the producer, hardware needed, price, audience, type of program, copyright date, a brief description, possible uses, strengths, weaknesses, and relevant comments. Producer contact information is given; the courseware evaluation form is appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Technology Program.