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ERIC Number: ED296827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-11
Pages: 59
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A Drug Education Needs Assessment in a Rural Elementary School System: Results and Curriculum Recommendations.
Sarvela, Paul D.; And Others
This report presents the results of a needs assessment study on comprehensive drug education conducted for a small rural K-8 school. A brief review examines the literature on drug and alcohol abuse among rural youth. Parents, teachers, and students were surveyed to assess their needs, interests, and knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse. Twenty percent of children in grades kindergarten through three and 43% of older children reported having tasted beer while 13% of second graders and 19% of children in grades four through eight had tried cigarettes. All students cited parents as the first source they would go to for information about drugs, although as students increased in age they more frequently cited other sources of information. Ninety percent of parents believed drug education should occur in the schools. Parents believed educational programs should focus on facts about drugs, their harmful effects on the body, drinking and driving, and the legal ramifications of drug use. The report recommends a parent education program, since parents are cited most frequently as a source of information about drugs and alcohol. Recommended goals for school drug and alcohol education programs include identification of sources of drugs; identification of people who are reliable sources of information; description of the effects of drugs on the body; and demonstration of positive, independent, decision-making skills. The report recommends that a drug education committee select curriculum materials to meet the objectives of the comprehensive drug education program. (Thirty-five references are listed, and the appendixes contain six questionnaires, a table of results, and a list of recommended curriculum materials.) (DP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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