The impact of HIV/AIDS on primary school teachers : an investigation into HIV/AIDS linked support systems and resource material that promote positive attitudes

Katsande, Tendayi Juliet (2009-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology))--University of Strellenbosch, 2009.


This study sought to determine the impact of HIV/AIDS on teachers, and examine the effects of providing adequate HIV/AIDS support systems and resource material in promoting positive attitudes in teachers to teach HIV/AIDS prevention education. The study focused on five Zimbabwean Primary schools. Teachers are personally affected by HIV/AIDS. It is therefore important to find out what HIV/AIDS support systems are available to help teachers cope. The same teachers are used as the main tool to educate learners on HIV/AIDS prevention. The research sought to find out whether teachers are provided with adequate resources and teaching material that enable effective dissemination of HIV/AIDS prevention to learners. As teachers try to cope with the personal effects of HIV/AIDS and delivering HIV/AIDS prevention education, their attitude is a major determinant of success in carrying out the task. In view of these factors the study also investigated whether there is HIV/AIDS knowledge transfer to learners. The study also sought to find reasons for the reported increase in cases of sexual abuse in schools these schools. Data collection was done through triangulation of three tools: a questionnaire, focus group discussions and interviews. The information gathered was analysed using the Minitab data analysis software as well as through coding of qualitative data.

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