ERIC Number: ED326502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Evaluation of the Discover Drug Education Curriculum for Grades K-4.
Adams, Ronald D.; Butler, Joan M.
A major purpose of this study was to establish and test a procedure for evaluating drug education curricula that allows for a more objective view of the effectiveness of drug education materials and the instructional delivery system. A major focus of the study was to determine the extent to which the Discover Curriculum affected student outcomes. Lessons at all grade levels were organized into three chapters with three major strands: self-esteem building and development of coping skills, drug information, and relationship skills and decision making. The total number of students involved in the study was 708. Student tests measured the three strands of the curriculum; survey forms elicited teachers' and parents' responses to the program. In general, teachers rated all three of the strands above average as related to student impact. The curriculum was seen as effective, with the strongest effects for younger students in grades K-2. According to student tests, however, there appeared to be some loss of retention after 4 months, particularly among the younger students. Most parents felt that their involvement in their child's drug prevention program was essential for it to be effective, and most noticed some attitude change regarding drugs and alcohol on the part of their children. Statistical analysis and survey results are given in several tables. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (18th, Little Rock, AR, November 1989).