Public School Reaction to the AIDS crisis: A Field Study
This study examines what Ohio schools districts are doing to incorporate Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) education into their curriculum. Within the study surveys were sent out to superintendents throughout the Ohio area. These surveys were comprised of questions that evaluated the superintendents' views and actions in response to the AIDS epidemic. The underlying theoretical perspectives used to evaluate AIDS education include: conflict theory, functionalism, labeling theory, and mass social psychology. This study used a quantitative method for acquiring data, such as that gathered through the questionnaire. The purpose of this study is two-fold: to assess the attitudes held by superintendents in regards to AIDS, and, to determine what action Ohio schools are taking to educate the students on AIDS. The superintendents surveyed in this study all seem to agree over the importance of incorporating AIDS education into the schools' curriculum. The differences between the amount of education presently incorporated in the surveyed districts, varied only slightly between the different sized districts. Because of this limited variation, the underlying hypothesis that the larger districts would have more advanced educational programs was proven to be invalid. It is suggested that further studies be undertaken to determine the actual programs and their content.
© Copyright 1989 Kimberly B. Tatlock