ERIC Number: EJ1053170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
A National Assessment of Colleges and University School Health Education Methods Courses
Fisher, Christine M.; Price, James H.; Telljohann, Susan K.; Dake, Joseph A.
Journal of School Health, v85 n4 p223-230 Apr 2015
Background: Across the United States, school health education programs provide a wide variety of knowledge and skills to their students. There are currently no guidelines for school health methods courses. Methods: Using a 2-wave mailing followed by a third wave e-mail reminder, a final population of 226 university school health methods instructors at school health preparation programs were surveyed. Results: A total of 138 completed surveys (61%) were returned. The topics taught in school health education methods courses emphasized the most included aligning objectives, instruction, and assessment (79%); development of lesson plans (73%); teaching methods that engage learners (72%); and application of the National Health Education Standards and performance indicators (69%). The content taught and how the instructors assessed their students differed statistically by 1 or more of the following: whether they had a health education degree, had experience teaching in the public schools, and if their program was accredited. Conclusions: This study provides information regarding what school health methods instructors across the United States are teaching in their classes. Using this information as a baseline can serve as a guide for preservice faculty teaching a school health methods course.
Descriptors: Health Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Surveys, National Surveys, Teacher Educators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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