ERIC Number: ED161901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
School Health Curriculum Project for Southeastern Michigan. Evaluation Report: School Implementation of Program.
Stahl, Albert F.
This fourth grade project was piloted in seven Detroit area schools to ascertain whether the School Health Curriculum could be implemented on a broader scale. It was anticipated that the majority of the schools would be unable to finish all units of the curriculum, so student achievement was not assessed. The evaluation focused instead on observation of the school setting to determine the degree of curricular implementation, and on assessing the attitudes of students, teachers, principals, and non-participating teachers toward the project. Included in this evaluation report are summary results of the site visitations and interviews, and of the student, teacher, principal, and non-participating teacher surveys. The on-site observer confirmed that although three schools reported completing all seven units of the curriculum, only one did in fact complete all. Student attitudes toward health instruction were quite positive compared to their attitudes toward reading, math, social studies and science. Principals thought highly of the project, but some expressed concern about financing and training teachers for its broad scale implementation. Teachers were also positive about the project and exceedingly positive about students' reaction to it. Non-participating teachers indicated they were interested in participating, but their interest was attributed more to curiosity than to knowledge of the program and its benefits. Apparently the project can be implemented full-scale, given sufficient training, space, and supportive services. Future studies should focus upon differences in achievement and in student attitudes toward health instruction. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Lung Association of Southeastern Michigan.