Success by Regular Classroom Teachers in Implementing a Model Elementary School AIDS Education Curriculum
The study that will be described in this chapter is the third phase of a five-year project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (School-based AIDS Education & Children’s Health Concepts MH47251) to investigate the process of conceptual development by which healthy elementary school-age children acquire an understanding of the concepts of health as related to HIV infection and AIDS and the efficacy of school-based education in promoting the acquisition of these concepts. The first phase of the study involved the collection of normative data regarding children’s health concepts and AIDS through the administration of a semi-structured interview (ASK—AIDS Survey for Kids) to a cross-sectional sample (N=361) of elementary school-age children attending regular education classes in four public schools in New Haven, Connecticut (U.S.A.). This phase provided the data necessary for the creation of a developmentally-based curricula and the standardization of the research interview (ASK) that was utilized as the principal outcome measure for subsequent phases. (Schonfeld, Johnson, Perrin, O’Hare & Cicchetti, 1993)
KeywordsConceptual Understanding Acquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Casual Contact Kindergarten Student Regular Classroom Teacher
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