ERIC Number: ED158201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Drug Education Controversy: Attitudes of Educators and Experts. Research Bulletin Vol. 12, No. 2.
Webb, Rodman B.; Legg, Sue M.
In this study 651 teachers, administrators and guidance counselors working in 16 randomly selected Florida junior high schools, middle schools and senior high schools gave their opinions on drug education, school policies for drug offenders and the causes of drug abuse. Drug education experts throughout the country also responded to the same questions. The survey showed that the opinions of educators differ markedly from the opinions of drug education experts and that there is more agreement in opinion among experts than among educators. The survey also showed that educator attitudes can be a source of resistance to effective drug education as it is defined by experts because: (1) educators are more likely than experts to see drug use as immoral and as a result of parental permissiveness; (2) educators are more likely to believe that schools cannot help drug users; and (3) educators take a more punitive approach to drug users than do experts. Incorporating this information on educator and expert attitudes toward drug education, the survey authors present an evaluation checklist for a drug education program. (Author/RF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Evaluation Criteria, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Research Projects, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence
FERDC, c/o Lee County School Board, 2055 Central Avenue, Ft. Myers, Florida, 33901 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.
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