ERIC Number: ED320735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
HIV/AIDS Education in Rural Schools in the U.S.: Enough of the Right Stuff?
Helge, Doris; Paulk, Jonathan
Survey questionnaires concerning the response of rural schools to the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic were sent to administrators of 400 randomly selected rural school districts in the United States. Of the 100 respondents, 80% provided some form of HIV/AIDS education. These programs varied greatly in goals, placement, length, and curricular content. A majority (56%) of schools with programs had involved their communities in program development, and 90% permitted parents to excuse their children from AIDS education. The most frequently named program goal was transmission of accurate AIDS information to students. Most programs were relatively brief, with 59% lasting 1 day or less and 40% lasting only 1-2 hours. A majority (60%) of schools included curricula concerning abstinence, condom use, safer sex, homosexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases. More AIDs education programs were provided in upper than lower grades, and most programs were part of health education classes. Only 34% of districts with programs had tools for evaluating them. Most schools had policies about attendance of HIV infected students, but most did not have policies about attendance of infected employees. For effective implementation, rural citizens, outreach agencies, social groups, and parents should be involved in designing and implementing sex education programs. This survey identified low levels of community and parent involvement in program planning. The survey questionnaire is included. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: National Rural and Small Schools Consortium, Bellingham, WA.