ERIC Number: ED347453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
TVOntario's Substance Abuse Series: Dealing with Drugs and Chemical Solutions. A Summative Evaluation. Report No. 19-1991-1992.
Filson, Gerald W.
A summative evaluation of the two TVOntario series, Dealing with Drugs and Chemical Solutions was carried out in the April-to-June 1991 period. Classes (N=23) were recruited for the intermediate and senior grade level study, which included more than 550 students. The intermediate series, Dealing with Drugs, designed for grade 7 and 8 students, used an entertainment magazine format to present information about drugs and drug abuse and to encourage viewers to make informed personal decisions about drug use. Almost all teachers felt the series was effective and relevant to local needs. Students also like the series, with female students enjoying it more than male students did. The soap opera "The Young and the Breathless," about a group of high school kids faced with decisions about drug use, was extremely well received, while a continuing series about self-esteem, using a detective series format, was not. The senior series, Chemical Solutions, was less well received, although a majority of students did indicate that they liked the series. Although teachers and students liked the series as a whole, and thought it relevant and effective as a stimulus to discussion, teachers and students were not certain if it was any more effective than other classroom activities in this regard. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TV Ontario, Toronto.