ERIC Number: ED324600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Into Adolescence: Becoming a Health-Wise Consumer. A Curriculum for Grades 5-8. Contemporary Health Series.
Hisgen, Jon W.
The "Contemporary Health Series" covers critical health and family life topics in a sequence of modules with two curricular divisions: "Into Adolescence" for middle school teachers and "Entering Adulthood" for high school teachers. This module presents middle school students with the information they need to become knowledgeable, concerned consumers of health products and services now and in their adult lives. Lessons 1 and 2 challenge students to analyze why individuals, as consumers, make the decisions they do. Lesson 3 helps students to explore consumer issues related to the foods they eat. Lesson 4 allows students to become advisors to fictitious teenagers as the teenagers make decisions about health and beauty products. Lesson 5 looks at the issue of health professionals. The activities in lesson 6 are designed to help students synthesize the information and issues in previous lessons so they can predict the skills that will be critical for future consumers. The lessons in this curriculum explore the influence of television advertising on buying habits; present the problems and benefits of alternative medical treatments; address adolescents' concerns about peer acceptance and choices related to skin care, hair care, and deodorant products; and provide guidelines for making sensible consumer health decisions. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Consumer Education, Health Promotion, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Preadolescents
Network Publications, 1700 Mission St., Suite 203, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830 ($19.95, quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For other titles in this series, see CG 022 854-858.