ERIC Number: ED159212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Report of an Evaluation Design for the School Health Curriculum Project. Effects of a Prototype Health Education Curriculum Model on Locus of Control, Perceived Vulnerability, and Health Attitudes of Fifth Graders.
Stone, Elaine J.
The effects of the fifth grade unit of the School Health Curriculum Project (SHCP) were investigated in a multicultural setting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the purposes of the study was to design and test portions of an evaluation model that could be expanded and used by other school districts which are involved with SHCP. The second paper describes the effects of the unit on five areas related to health attitudes and behavior: locus of control, perceived vulnerability to illnesses and accidents; attitudes toward health concepts; self esteem; and attitudes toward smoking. SHCP was found to affect attitudes toward illness, going to the doctor, dental care, and smoking; but had minimal effect on locus of control, vulnerability to illness and accidents, or self esteem. Certain student characteristics--such as sex, ethnic group, income, and reading level--were associated with higher risks regarding preventive health behavior and smoking. Descriptions of tests used, criteria for assessing student growth, and sample management forms and records are appended. (Author/CTM)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Curriculum Evaluation, Economic Status, Ethnic Origins, Evaluation Methods, Grade 5, Health Education, Intermediate Grades, Locus of Control, Physical Health, Predictor Variables, Program Effectiveness, Reading Level, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Sex Differences, Smoking, Student Attitudes, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Disease Control (DHEW/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque.
Identifiers: School Health Curriculum Project
Note: Second paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American School Health Association Research Council (50th, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 7, 1976)