ERIC Number: EJ721426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 41
A Constructivist Approach to HIV/AIDS Education for Women Within the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Bulman, Donna E.
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v24 n6 p475-487 Nov-Dec 2005
The primary objective of this research was to increase understanding of how women in the Maritime Provinces of Canada learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This research utilised a qualitative approach with specific methods including interviews, joint interviews and focus groups. Overall 44 women participated in this research. The data was analysed using a thematic approach. The main findings of this research are that (1) women in the Maritime Provinces of Canada may have incomplete information about HIV/AIDS and sexual health due to limited experience with the HIV/AIDS epidemic; (2) violence greatly affects the lives of women in this region; and (3) informal learning is the most important factor that determines what Maritime women know about HIV/AIDS. A primary recommendation from this research is that when working with adult women to increase their understanding of HIV/AIDS it is helpful to work within a constructivist framework in order to develop a deeper understanding of the magnitude and potential outcomes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Thematic Approach, Informal Education, Focus Groups, Constructivism (Learning), Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Communicable Diseases, Violence, Health Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada