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ERIC Number: ED440932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 91
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-86003-053-X
Drug Education in Scottish Schools, 1996-1999. SCRE Research Report Series.
Lowden, Kevin; Powney, Janet
This report describes research carried out between 1996-99 which examined the extent and nature of drug education in Scottish schools. It explored young people's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about drugs and drug education and highlighted factors influencing the effectiveness of drug education. Research methodologies included a census of elementary and secondary schools, a student survey, interviews and focus groups with teachers and students in six schools, and an ongoing review of related literature. Results indicate that most schools had some form of drug education. There was a notable shift in provision of drug education for 6th and 7th graders. The main aims of school drug education were to provide information and promote decision making skills. Most students valued drug education. Students who used drugs believed drug education was beneficial to them. Most students were against illegal drug use and did not use illegal drugs. Interactive teaching methods showed promise for influencing students' health behaviors. Five appendixes include data on: samples, methods, and analyses; drug education context and approaches (a literature review); experiences and views of students using drugs; students' experimentation with and misuse of illegal drugs; and school drug education: main resources used. (SM)
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, United Kingdom. Tel: 0131-557-2944; Fax: 0131-556-9454; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)