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MONTEIRO, Simone Souza; VARGAS, Eliane Portes  and  REBELLO, Sandra Monteiro. Education, prevention and drugs: results and unfolding of the evaluation of an educational game. Educ. Soc. [online]. 2003, vol.24, n.83, pp.659-678. ISSN 0101-7330.

This paper presents the results of the evaluation of the "Jogo da Onda", which deals with drug abuse and hiv/aids prevention, and was developed by the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Based on a qualitative approach (focus group, direct observation of game sets and questionnaires), the text analyzes the opinion of 62 students and 17 teachers of public schools (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil) on the game and its topics. According to those students and teachers, it provides information, stimulates thinking and fosters the discussion on daily situations related to drug use. The students' view on the topics approached by the game suggests the users' perception relevance in evaluating the reach of messages transmitted by educational resources. Based on the results of the study, new contents, especially on reproductive health and gender relationships, were developed and evaluated. They will be incorporated in the forthcoming editions of the "Jogo da Onda". These new contents emphasize the interface between the different challenges faced by youth nowadays such as AIDS, STD, illicit and licit drug use, sexual initiation, and unplanned pregnancy, among others.

Keywords : Drug; HIV/AIDS; Education; Evaluation; Educational technology.

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