ERIC Number: ED444980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Developing Health-Literate Citizens through the Alabama Course of Study in Health Education: Moving from Facts to Actions.
Geiger, Brian F.; Myers, Ouida; Atchison, Jody H.; LaFollette, Judy L.
This paper describes the development of an updated state curriculum for health education in Alabama. The process involved: (1) selecting 24 members to the Health Education and Physical Education State Course of Study Committee; (2) forming two working subcommittees (for health education and physical education); (3) understanding task requirements as specified by the Alabama State Board of Education; (4) determining the direction and focus of the Course of Study; (5) drafting K-12 health literacy goals and content standards using the National Standards for Health Education as a guide; (6) building community support for proposed curriculum goals and content standards through public hearings and access to the draft document; and (7) presenting to the Alabama State Board of Education a draft document reflecting consensus standards in January 1997. The document was adopted the following month. After detailing the seven steps, the paper discusses difficulties in the process of writing the course of study, which included inability to reach consensus, varying levels of understanding about school health programs, perceived mistrust of some members' unspoken agendas and expertise, and lack of shared purpose guiding committee work. The paper concludes by describing how the group overcame these difficulties and developed the course of study. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama