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ERIC Number: ED201620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Why Do Teachers Choose to Implement or Reject Drug Abuse Prevention Programs?
Campbell, James Reed; Swanchak, John
State and local school systems have developed comprehensive drug abuse prevention programs that appear to have little influence on the rising tide of teenage drug abuse. Classroom teachers, as implementors of such programs, frequently veto them or change them considerably. Forty secondary teachers were selected as research subjects to examine this problem. These subjects indicated willingness to develop and implement a drug abuse prevention program. A control group of forty teachers who had similar assignments in their schools, but had voiced no opinion on the program, received the same training in abuse prevention that the research subjects received. After training which concentrated on information and value related sample lessons, the groups were subdivided into lesson groups--teachers who subsequently implemented lessons, and those who did not. Results indicated that teachers' age and experience had little bearing on their implementing drug abuse programs, and knowledge of the subject alone was not enough to insure implementation. It was found that teachers feel that information-oriented programs increase the level of drug use among teenagers. Implementation was more likely with programs in which value-oriented activities were included. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A