ERIC Number: ED340998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The School's Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: One State's Data.
Newman, Ian M.
The diffusion and adoption of new knowledge is an important outcome of education. This study used the results of two annual cross sectional surveys in a largely rural state, Nebraska, one of school administrators and one of students. The purpose of the survey was to identify how widespread Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) education is and the degree to which students in grades 9-12 receive new information on HIV/AIDS and how this information affects their behavior. A total of 1,241 students were surveyed in 1989 and a total of 2,237 students were surveyed in 1990 using a different sample of schools. Principals in all Nebraska schools including grades 7-12 were surveyed by mail about the nature and extent of the HIV/AIDS education programs they offered. The results indicated: (1) an increased proportion of Nebraska schools offered some form of HIV/AIDS education at every grade level; (2) the proportion of young people who were aware of the added effort to help them learn about HIV/AIDS and who reported knowing where to go for additional information increased; (3) despite educational efforts, the percentage of students who answered incorrectly if a person can get HIV/AIDS infected by donating blood increased; (4) there was no evidence that sexual intercourse behaviors changed. These data show the value of carefully monitoring changes that are occurring as a result of educational responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska