A study of American teachers' professional experiences and perspectives related to HIV/AIDS in the classroom, in comparative perspective
Pontzer, Mary Michael Sellers
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore selected Georgian teachers’ professional experiences and perspectives related to HIV/AIDS and the classroom and to highlight similarities between the experiences and perspectives of participants and teachers in other countries, as reported by other researchers in scholarly literature. These professional experiences and perspectives included teaching about HIV/AIDS; instructing students living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; managing safety and confidentiality concerns; dealing with stigma and stereotypes associated with HIV/AIDS; grappling with personal feelings about death, dying, homosexuality; and teacher training issues related to HIV/AIDS. In addition to describing selected teachers’ professional experiences and perspectives on issues related to HIV/AIDS and the classroom, the study also highlighted broader challenges and struggles associated with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for teachers. The study revealed that participants had a range of professional experiences and perspectives related to HIV/AIDS and the classroom, and that many of their experiences and perspectives were similar to those of teachers in other countries, as reported by other researchers in scholarly literature.
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