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  1. Learners perceptions and experience of the content and teaching of sexuality education: Implications for teacher education

    This article aims to explore Grade 11 learners perceptions and experience of the teaching of sexuality education. A total of 270 adolescent boys (n 121) and girls (n 149) from the Heidedal suburb of the greater Mangaung Municipality, South Africa, completed an anonymously written Teaching of Sexuality Education Attitude Scale (TSEAS). The questionnaire was constructed on a six-point Likert scale with response options ranging from 1 (highly disagree) to 6 (highly agree). …

  2. Sexuality educators: taking a stand by participating in research

    Life Orientation teachers play a critical role in the teaching and learning of sexuality education in South African schools. Using an experiential participatory approach with 125 teachers in the Motheo district, Free State, I explored three questions: What messages did the teachers learn about sex and sexuality? How do these messages inform the teachers’ values? How do the teachers teach sexuality education? Despite its own problems and limitations, the participatory approach exploits and reinforces the life-space model proposed by Kurt Lewin. …

  3. Learning about HIV/AIDS in schools: does a gender-equality approach make a difference?

    Is HIV education based on the principles of gender equality possible in practice? If so, can it make a difference to gender relations in a society? This chapter considers these questions through reflection on two gender-based HIV education interventions in South Africa and Mozambique, which took place between 2001 and 2003.

  4. Integrating HIV and AIDS education in pre-service mathematics education for social justice

    Since 1999, many South African education policy documents have mandated integration of HIV & AIDS education in learning areas/disciplines. Policy document research has shown that although South African politicians and managers have produced volumes of eloquent and compelling legislation regarding provision for HIV & AIDS education, little of this is translated into action. The impact of HIV & AIDS permeates the social, economic and political arenas in South Africa. Integration of HIV & AIDS education across disciplines can serve as a strategy to further the ideals of social justice. …

  5. Checkmating HIV and AIDS: Using chess to break the silence in the classroom

    In this article, the author gives an account of his ‘Checkmating HIV&AIDS’ action research project, which was an attempt to break the ‘culture of silence’ concerning HIV&AIDS and sex and sexuality in his classroom. In this project, he focused specifically on one code of sport, namely chess, and he points out and discusses the potential of using chess as an educational tool in addressing HIV&AIDS. It was found that learners enjoy playing chess and that it can be used in the Life Orientation classroom to promote HIV&AIDS awareness. …

  6. The roles of educators in mitigating the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the education system in South Africa. Full report

    The purpose of the study summarised in this document was to determine the roles of educators in mitigating the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and to ascertain the skills and knowledge required by them to play such roles effectively. Recognising that educators have a crucial role to play in all education subsectors, the study investigated the current and possible future roles of educators in schools and further education and training (FET) colleges as well as those of educators working in the higher education (HE) subsector.

  7. Curriculum-in-the-making: being a teacher in the context of HIV and AIDS. Teacher education pilot project

    The topics covered in Curriculum-in-the-Making are ones that illustrate the dynamic nature of the work. Chapters Two, Three and Four have a great deal to say about our own beliefs as teacher educators in addressing HIV/AIDS. Chapters Five and Six highlight pedagogy while Chapters Seven and Eight offer support on assessment and evaluation to teacher educators and teachers. The chapters all follow a similar format: they start off with an overview of the section, followed by a consideration of why this is important within teacher education in South Africa in the context of HIV/AIDS. …

  8. Creating space for HIV and AIDS in the curriculum: a rapid assessment of curricular responses in South African higher education institutions

    This report is divided into four chapters. The first chapter maps out the area of theories and models of teaching and HIV/AIDS in HEIs. In so doing it draws attention to this work as a knowledge area in the study of Higher Education, and provides an overview of the methods used to carry out the study. The second chapter is a review of the literature on teaching and HIV/AIDS in Higher Education, focusing in particular on the national and regional literature. Chapter three offers a situational analysis of HIV/AIDS and teaching in HEIs in South Africa. Chapter four provides recommendations.

  9. HIV and AIDS in teacher education: evaluation report of a pilot project in South African higher education institutions

    The HIV and Teacher Education Pilot Project was initiated under HEAIDS Phase 2 and was premised on the critical importance of the capacity of the education and training system to deal with the challenges posed by teaching and learning in an HIV/AIDS affected and infected society. …

  10. SADTU HIV and AIDS Policy. Final draft

    SADTU acknowledges the seriousness of HIV and AIDS pandemic. The pandemic impact negatively on the socio-economic aspect of the country. SADTU also acknowledges the ignorance, prejudice, stigmatization and the ignorance that goes with the virus. Educators and staff members are not immune from these atrocities. SADTU has the moral obligation to destigmitize the pandemic. The state has made a call to all institutions, sectors, organizations and society to play an active role in the HIV and AIDS campaign. …

  11. National Curriculum Statement Grades 10-12. Life Orientation Grade 11 Learner Workbook and Life Orientation Grade 11 Teacher Guide

    National Curriculum Statement Grades 10-12. Life Orientation Grade 11 Learner Workbook and Teacher Guide are two complementary documents developed by the Department of Education of Republic of South Africa in 2007. Those documents have been developed to assist teachers with the teaching of Life Orientation in Grade 11 in South Africa. They are intended, primarily, to indicate to teachers the types of activities that can be used to address the Assessment Standards for Life Orientation in Grade 11 in a school year. A variety of relevant texts are provided along with sets of questions. …

  12. The formation of a critical, compassionate citizenry: the inculcation of HIV/AIDS curricula into South African Higher Education

    There have been numerous programmes internationally and continentally that involve the careful and sometimes not too careful inculcation of HIV/AIDS awareness into curricula. The majority of these have centred on adolescent programmes because, naturally, it is generally perceived that this age group is both sexually active and adventurous in so far as they are exploring boundaries that are simultaneously sexual, political and social. As the Love Life campaigns have proved, the adolescent and especially the early adolescent is a notoriously difficult age group to address effectively. …

  13. Programming for HIV prevention in South African schools: a report on programme implementation

    As national education programs incorporate HIV prevention into school curricula, policymakers and educators need to know what they can expect from these initiatives. …

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