ERIC Number: ED213738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of an Innovative Drug Education Program: First Year Results.
Schaps, Eric; And Others
An innovative drug education course was taught to seventh and eighth graders and evaluated in a true experiment. Students learned Lasswell's framework for understanding human needs and motives, a systematic decision-making procedure, and information about the pharmacological, psychological, and social consequences of licit and illicit drug use. The course focused primarily upon "soft" drug use. Process evaluation consisted of documentation of classroom activities by an outside observer, interviews with experimental and control students and teachers; and questionnaire surveys of experimental students. Overall, students gave mediocre ratings of the course with respect to interest, usefulness, and clarity; classroom teachers were critical of the outside instructor's teaching style and the course content. Outcome evaluation involved testing: drug knowledge, general attitudes toward drug use, perceived benefits and costs of various types of substance use, perceived peer attitudes toward, and use of, various substances, and intentions to use, current use, and lifetime use of various substances. Analyses showed that the course produced a pattern of predicted effects for grade 7 females, but not for grade 7 males or grade 8 males or females. For grade 7 females, the course increased drug knowledge, decreased perceptions of favorable peer attitudes toward soft drug use, and decreased personal involvement in use of both alcohol and marijuana. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Prevention and Treatment Development.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Napa, CA.
Note: For related document, see TM 820 128.