ERIC Number: ED362811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Develop and Implement a Preventive Substance Abuse Program for K-8 Pupils Utilizing a Supplementary Curriculum, Parent Ambassadors, Parent Handbook and Community Groups.
A practicum was designed to increase the number of elementary pupils who would be able to identify legal and illegal substances and to make informed decisions in their daily lives. Secondary goals of the practicum were to increase the number of pupils who attained good school attendance and who exhibited good self-esteem, and to increase the number of parents and community organizations participating in school activities. A supplementary curriculum appropriate for the given population, a school handbook to publish the drug policy and school procedures, parent ambassadors, community collaboration, and classroom instruction were major program components. Parents served as change agents for the students; learned, planned, and served in the classroom with teachers; and attended inservices and learned to monitor the school grounds and become drug-free advocates in their communities. An evaluation of the practicum revealed that parent involvement improved significantly and the pupils were better able to identify factors related to substance abuse, make informed decisions, and make positive attitudinal changes. Additionally, teachers, parents, and the community formed partnerships. Parents became school advocates for a drug-free environment. Noted gains were made in student attendance. An unanticipated result was the redefined role of the counselor as a change agent. This role was demonstrated by the many informal counseling sessions that were needed to assist parents, teachers, and other participants in the program. The appendixes include survey forms and survey results. (Contains 49 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.