ERIC Number: ED382589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Health Education: What Do Young People Want To Know? Interchange, No. 31.
This report summarizes what Scottish pupils between the ages of 8 and 17 years thought they needed from health education, and compares their views with those of parents, teachers, and health professionals. All groups agreed that healthy eating and personal hygiene were major priorities for the youngest pupils. Pupils and parents also mentioned the importance of drug education for this group, but only pupils included smoking as a priority. For older elementary pupils, all groups agreed that drug education, sex education, and smoking were priorities. Older primary pupils also included human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in their list of priorities. Drug education, HIV/AIDS, sex education, and alcohol education topped the list for more than half of the pupils in each secondary school age group. The survey also queried health professionals about local problem areas, queried parents about who should be responsible for health education, and examined whether pupils' needs for health education were being met. The survey found that, from the pupils' point of view, there was some doubt as to whether their priority topics were being aired in homes or schools. Health teachers are encouraged to monitor the impact of their programs and use the feedback as the starting point for a more focused approach. (JDD)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Age Differences, Drug Education, Educational Needs, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Health Personnel, Needs Assessment, Nutrition, Parent Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Sex Education, Smoking, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes
Research and Intelligence Dissemination Unit, Dissemination Officer, Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh EH8 8JR Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.