Process evaluation of the teacher training for an AIDS prevention programme

N. Ahmed, A. Flisher, C. Mathews, S. Jansen, W. Mukoma, H.P. Schaalma

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Abstract

This paper provides a process evaluation of a 6-day teacher training programme which forms part of a sexuality education project. The training aimed at providing teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively teach a 16-lesson Grade 8 (14 year olds) life skills curriculum consisting of participatory exercises on sexual reproductive health, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), sexual decision-making, abstinence, consequences of sexual activity, safe sex practices, substance abuse and sexual violence. Questionnaires administered prior to the training, on completion of the training and at two follow-up time periods were analysed as well as participant observation notes. Findings indicate that teachers reported increased confidence and comfort in teaching the sexuality curriculum. However, many struggled with the transfer of sexual reproductive knowledge and facilitative teaching methods into the classroom context. This highlights the need for HIV education to form part of teacher trainee programmes. Ongoing support and engagement with teachers is needed to encourage alternative teaching practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-632
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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Ahmed, N., Flisher, A., Mathews, C., Jansen, S., Mukoma, W., & Schaalma, H. P. (2006). Process evaluation of the teacher training for an AIDS prevention programme. Health Education Research, 21(5), 621-632. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyl031