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ERIC Number: EJ933491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
What Drugs Have You Taken This Week?
Wyvill, Barbara
Primary Science Review, n86 p12-15 Jan-Feb 2005
Living in a drug-using society presents even children of primary age with many hazards. There are physical hazards: for example, finding used syringes and needles in the park or on the beach, or being exposed to alcohol at a family party. There are other hazards, too--legal, social and medical. Therefore, education about drugs helps children and young people to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for living more safely in a world where they are likely to encounter drug-related situations. Influenced by their friends and families, by films, television, computer games, newspapers, magazines and comics, children's opinions and attitudes towards drugs and drug-users begin to develop even before they start school; they continue to change throughout their school years. To develop these attitudes, they need help to gain accurate knowledge and secure understanding. In order to make effective decisions about drugs, children need a range of decision-making skills, as well as appropriate drugs knowledge. But what is the nature of drug education? Where does it fit into the primary school curriculum? What help and advice is available? Where does science fit in? These are questions commonly asked by primary school teachers. This article sets out to answer them. (Contains 1 figure and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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