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ERIC Number: ED062640
Record Type: RIE
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A Study of Attitude Change Concerning Marijuana in the Fourth Grade.
Galvin, Betty; Starkey, John
Elementary school students were exposed to a short series of presentations and discussions on drugs in order to effect changes in their attitudes towards, and knowledge of, drugs. Each student expressed his own attitudes towards "grass", the opinions he perceived would be held by famous people, doctors, friends, parents, older siblings or, and his ideas regarding its obtainability. Marihuana usage was found to be rejected considerably more after the course than before it, and the low pre-test correlations found between their attitudes and those they perceived doctors would have changed to a high correlation in the post-test situation. The high negative correlation with famous people's attitudes as perceived by them in the post-test also indicated a reversal of the pre-test situation. It was concluded that significant changes can be effected in student attitudes through the use of open discussion, resource persons and mod films. Teachers and juvenile officers were chiefly responsible for the presentations. (KS)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.