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ERIC Number: EJ1194916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1077-5315
Educators Teach Effective Hand Washing with a Simplified Method
Buck, Julie; Greenway, Surine; Hoffman, Katie; Wittman, Grace; Kim, Jang Ho
Journal of Extension, v56 n6 Article 6IAW2 Oct 2018
We conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of a 30-min hand-washing instruction among youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Two months after implementing the instruction, we gathered survey data to assess knowledge gained and student behaviors. Results revealed that high proportions of youths in kindergarten through second grade (n = 90) were able to recognize various situations requiring hand washing and that majorities of youths in third grade through fifth grade (n = 172) tended to wash their hands at relevant times (e.g., after using the bathroom). Overall, we concluded that youths taught a 30-min hand-washing lesson reduced microbial counts on washed hands, maintained knowledge, and made positive behavior changes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho
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