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ERIC Number: EJ1085285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Creating Peer-Led Media to Teach Sensitive Topics: Recommendations from Practicing Health Educators
Hudson, Heather K.; Bliss, Kadi R.; Bice, Matthew R.; Lodyga, Marc G.; Ragon, Bruce M.
Journal of Health Education Teaching, v5 n1 p28-35 2014
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to evaluate consumer (instructor) reception of Channel Surfing Contraceptives in order to determine components necessary for creation of peer-led educational videos to teach sensitive contraceptive topics. Methods: Two focus group interviews with introductory-level undergraduate personal health instructors were conducted to evaluate a peer-led contraception video. Results: Strengths of the video included (a) use as effective introduction of topic, (b) use of relevant content, (c) use of humor, and (d) inclusion of diverse cast. Additionally, several video weaknesses were (a) lack of in-depth content, (b) inappropriate content and visuals, and (c) lack of diverse cast. Conclusion: The use of peer-led educational media for sensitive topics is advantageous for several reasons. Peer-led media instruction is a way to engage students with more modern teaching techniques, rather than showing educational videos that are expensive or dated. Additionally, peer-led educational media can be a useful tool for topic introduction and incorporating moderate comic relief could help ease students into discussing sensitive topics. Nevertheless, this type of teaching method should be followed by formal instruction to ensure students' needs are met. Recommendations: Continuation of peer-led sexuality education videos is encouraged with the following recommendations: 1) provide real life, modern, and relatable scenarios, 2) prioritize and emphasize the most important information, 3) include a wide range of diverse cast members, 4) ensure that accurate and credible sources are used, 5) incorporate moderate use of humor, 6) use simple visuals to avoid distraction, and 7) avoid lengthy videos.
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Health Education, Contraception, Video Equipment, Teaching Methods, Focus Groups, Interviews, Student Needs, Vignettes, Sex Education, Sexuality, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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