University of Cincinnati, 2009. 15 p.
Zender, Mike
Ecker, Kami
York, Al
This paper reports on a classroom-based mixed-methods research project for the design of an HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for Swaziland. The aim was through education to transform Swazi worldviews and attitudes toward sexual practices. The curriculum, called iMatter, reaches elementary and middle school children while they are still forming their conceptual and cultural identity, and before they adopt sexual practices. iMatter was developed using a user-centered, evidence-based design process involving a global team of researchers, educational specialists, faculty, student designers, and indigenous experts. In 2005 a faculty/ student team from the University of Cincinnati (UC) traveled to Swaziland with funding support from UC and the Hope Education Foundation to conduce field research. The subsequent design concepts created by the students were used in the deployed versions of iMatter which continues development through on-going research in Swaziland
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