This book explores the power of educators to serve as HIV and AIDS prevention agents. The definitive text represents the work of a distinguished panel of teacher educators and health scientists who identify core information and skills effective educators of HIV and AIDS prevention should learn as they are prepared to attend to the academic and human needs of students. It assigns to teachers, in the US and abroad, the novel role of prevention agents, given their extraordinary ability to access and affect young people -- to influence their behavior. Humanizing Pedagogy considers the social, economic, racial, gender and other variables that impact the prevention of HIV and AIDS. The authors collectively assert that the process of preventing HIV and AIDS, when it considers historic and social context, can compel educators to serve not only as practitioners of knowledge, but as community agents of health and well being. Attending to HIV and AIDS issues advances the capacity and ability of educators to see and attend to the complete learner. Humanizing Pedagogy is a single volume resource for educators, in the US and abroad, interested in attending to the whole needs of the learner-and saving lives.
"Mwangaza Michael-Bandele, Carl Grant, Liane Summerfield and their authors have put together a groundbreaking book designed to help prepare teachers for engagement in HIV and AIDS prevention. This is not some simple how-to-teach manual but a pedagogical manifesto that brings numerous perspectives and multilogical understanding to this global crisis. Humanizing Pedagogy Through HIV and AIDS Prevention will serve as a model for future books on teacher education."
—Joe L. Kincheloe, Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Education, McGill University
“This is an amazing treatise of courage and compassion placed directly where it belongs…in the midst of our pedagogy. It reminds us that turning away from a problem does not make it go away.”
—Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
President, American Educational Research Association, 2005
"This excellent and very interesting collection of essays addresses the scientific, political, sociocultural, religious, economic, and cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS. It makes the case for teachers to think out of the box and know that ‘temples of betterment’—our schools, which more than 53 million students attend every day—must be about more than teaching the three “R's” (Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic); a fourth must be added for Responsibility. The HIV virus is still with us. Every member of the community has a role to play to prevent it from spreading. Teachers and students must be taught how to assume their role if we hope to build a future without AIDS. The book is a must read for all teachers.”
—Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General
Distinguished Professor of Public Health, University of Arkansas School of Public Health
Part I: Humanizing Pedagogy * HIV/AIDS and Current Conceptions of Teacher Education * On the Indispensable Qualities of Progressive Teachers for Their Better Performance * Disability Studies as Insight: Deploying Enabling Pedagogies in HIV/AIDS Education * Building Trust Through Cooperation in the AIDS Education ClassroomPart II: The Science and Skill of HIV and AIDS Prevention * The Science, Treatment, and Prevention of HIV/AIDS * Inquiry-Based Approaches to HIV/AIDS Prevention * Preparing Teachers as Prevention Agents: An On-Ling Learning CoursePart III: Diversity in Teaching and Learning * HIV/AIDS: A Global Human Rights Issue * Influences of Family and Cultural Values, Language, and Religion on HIV/AIDS Behavior Change * HIV/AIDS: Sexuality and Disability * HIV/AIDS: Understanding Men's Decisions and ChoicesPart IV: International Dimensions of Prevention * Multifaceted Policy Challenges and Motifs Concerning HIV/ AIDS in International Higher Education Venues * Postcolonial Perspectives in Constructing Teacher Knowledge About HIV/AIDS * African Tertiary Institutions' Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Current Practices and the Way Forward * HIV/AIDS Affecting Postsecondary Education in South AsiaPart V: Transformative Praxis in School and Community * Cultivating a Heartfelt Sense of Community: An Essential Teacher Competency for Preventing HIV and AIDS * A Conversation on HIV/AIDS Education and Teacher Education in Science and Mathematics * Establishing Ties: HIV Prevention Through Facilitation: The Case of Mujer Sana-"Healthy Woman"