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ERIC Number: ED099384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 19
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Reference Count: 0
The Applicability of Value Clarifying Strategies in Health Education at the Sixth Grade Level.
Hopp, Joyce W.; Abbey, David
Teachers in three California public schools were educated in the use of values clarification. Their experimental class groups were matched with other sixth-grade groups in the same schools. The teachers used selected value clarifying strategies for three months in their regular classes, adapting them as necessary to the health education content area. No changes in the health education curriculum were made, so that applicability of values clarification to health education could be explored in a range of content areas, which included mental health, safety and first aid, preparation for disaster, and nutrition. Evaluation was achieved through three approaches: (a) teacher assessment of success of value clarifying strategies by recording adaptations and use of strategies; (b) the random selection of students for interviews to determine their use of the steps in the valuing process in relation to given problem situations; and (c) administration of pre- and post-tests designed to determine value clarity. The findings indicate that teachers react enthusiastically to the use of this teaching methodology, even to the extent of using the strategies in other areas of the curriculum and in individual counseling. The students who initially have unclear values demonstrate the greatest change in value clarity following values clarification emphasis. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American School Health Association (New York, New York, 1974)