Incorporating Effective Pedagogical Strategies in HIV Curricula for Teacher Education in Africa
Christopher B. Mugimu
Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh and a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Foundations and Curriculum Studies
College of Education and External Studies at Makerere University, Uganda
In Sub-Saharan Africa in spite of the aggressive HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns for more than three decades, the epidemic remains unabated. Schools and teachers are inadequately prepared in terms of resources and pedagogical skills. As such most of the teachers lack the confidence to implement HIV/AIDS curricula in schools due to lack of training. I present some of the preliminary lessons learned from this ongoing research that examines the integration of effective pedagogical strategies in HIV Curricula for teacher education from around the world. This is with the aim of informing and influencing the reposition of HIV/AIDs teacher training policies in Africa.
Christopher B. Mugimu earned his PhD in Education in 2004 and MEd in 2001 from Brigham Young University (USA). His graduate training concentrated on research and theory in Educational Leadership/Organization with emphasis on educational planning and evaluation. He has more than 16 years of teaching and administration work in secondary schools and 13 years at university level. His research engagements and interests include: comparative international development education; pedagogy and research capacity building in higher education; teacher education and contemporary curricula issues in education such as HIV and AIDS curriculum integration in teacher education; as well as the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support teachers, especially those working in under-resourced settings/contexts in developing countries.
He has published in numerous journal articles and book chapters and has advised many graduate students’ projects to completion both at Masters and PhD levels. Christopher has collaborated in joint research projects with colleagues in the Great Lakes region of East Africa, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA. He is also the project director of the E-learning and Teacher Education (ELATE) project spearheaded by the School of Education, Makerere University and the Open University (UK) that supports teachers in Africa and beyond with open educational resources (OERs). Christopher’s current research is looking at the incorporation of effective pedagogical strategies in HIV curricula in teacher education in Africa.