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Uncomfortable Silences:Narratives of four educators teaching about HIV/AIDS in a High School near Montréal

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Uncomfortable Silences:Narratives of four educators teaching about HIV/AIDS in a High School near Montréal

Cobbler, Melissa A. (2012) Uncomfortable Silences:Narratives of four educators teaching about HIV/AIDS in a High School near Montréal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

In 2005, the Québec Ministry of Education cut what was five (5) hours of sex education (STIs, HIV/AIDS, gender, sexual diversity, etc.) per year from the secondary school curriculum. Consequently, in the context of the education reform, teachers holding specializations in English and Language Arts, Science & Technology or Moral and Religious Education were charged to integrate sexual health education into their course. High schools, being highly sexualized sites, act as a channel for sexual initiation and exploration. Thus, teachers can be catalysts to providing valuable and life-altering information around HIV/AIDS to their students. Through word of mouth, four teachers
agreed to participate voluntarily in this study and signed consent forms. Their narratives were collected to identify their classroom strategies, their awareness of HIV/AIDS, and
the challenges they encountered when discussing the subject in their classroom. The collection of these narratives was an essential factor in uncovering the subtle, yet,
uncomfortable silences related to the process of teaching about HIV/AIDS in classroom situations. A minimal understanding of HIV/AIDS, and a lack of consistent training and access to accurate resources underlined how teachers understood and evaluated HIV/AIDS information. These dynamics, in turn, influenced the way their students
comprehended the virus and viewed the marginalized communities most affected. Theoretical frameworks connected to Paulo Freire’s Engaged Pedagogy and Nel Noddings’s Pedagogy of Care, were considered as tools for empowering teachers when imparting knowledge on HIV/AIDS.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Cobbler, Melissa A.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:02 April 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hamalian, Arpi
Keywords:HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS education, sexuality education, teacher attitudes towards HIV/AIDS
ID Code:974048
Deposited By:MELISSA A. COBBLER
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 14:41
Last Modified:19 Jun 2012 14:41
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