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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 6, No. 1 (2010) open journal systems 


A comparative evaluation of two interventions for educator training in HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Li-Wei Chao, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jeff Gow, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Olagoke Akintola, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mark Pauly, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Abstract
Sixty educators were selected from eight schools in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, to undergo HIV/AIDS training using an interactive CD-ROM intervention. Another sixty educators from other schools were selected to undergo a two-day Life Skills Training Programme provided by the Department of Education. The outcomes both before and after the interventions were measured by surveying the educators’ knowledge and attitudes related to HIV/AIDS, as well as their self-efficacy with respect to dealing with HIV/AIDS in the classroom setting. Both interventions resulted in significant changes in knowledge and attitudes as well as in the self-efficacy with respect to ability to teach about HIV/AIDS and to deal with classroom situations involving HIV and blood. The Life Skills Training Programme proved superior in enhancing basic knowledge about HIV, and the CD-ROM was superior in teaching about HIV transmission risks.


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