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EEO. 2020; 19(4): 898-913

Towards exploring midwifery students' misconceptions of reproductive health education: Case of Sexually transmitted infections

Mouna Hannaoui, Mourad Madrane, EL Hassan El Hassouny, Rachid Janati-Idrissi, Rajae Zerhane, María Luisa Grande-Gascón.


Sexually Transmitted Infections” (STI) present a taught knowledge which evoked several agitations of comprehension. Among the factors that hamper this understanding: the nature of this knowledge, the approaches adopted in the curricula, and the learners' misconceptions. Since midwives students will be actors in health promotion and prevention of transmission of STIs, they should have adequate knowledge to transmit them healthily to the population. This study is the first to our knowledge, which aims to approach the conceptual world of midwifery students in order to discover their knowledge and their misconceptions of the disease in general and STIs in particular, and this by two tools: mind maps and individual directive interview. By diagnosing these barriers to learning, we will have time to take them into account in our teaching practices. As a result, the misconceptions identified reflect to a large extent the ideas of the media and Moroccan society, whose common knowledge takes priority over scientific knowledge. These conceptions sent us back to the obstacles: cultural and belief, epistemological and didactic. The didactic implications of the history of science could lead to effective training/teaching actions.

Key words: Barriers to learning, misconceptions, disease, STIs, students, midwives students

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