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NCJ Number: 229510 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Students' Curriculum Engagement, Attitudes Toward Their Teachers, and Perception of Their Teachers' Skills on School-Based Prevention Curriculum Outcomes
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:2009  Pages:223-237
Author(s): Christopher Ringwalt; Melinda Pankratz; Nisha Gottfredson; Julia Jackson-Newsom; Linda Dusenbury; Steve Giles; David Currey; Bill Hansen
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 5 R01DA016098
Publisher: http://www.baywood.com 
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the association between the behaviors and mediating variables targeted by the All Stars drug prevention curriculum and the students' engagement in and enjoyment of the curriculum, their attitudes toward their teachers, and their perceptions of their teachers' skills.
Abstract: We examined the association between changes in the substances and mediating variables targeted by the All Stars drug prevention curriculum, and students' engagement in and enjoyment of the curriculum, their attitudes toward their teachers, and their perceptions of their teachers' skills. Forty-eight school staff administered at least 1 All Stars class, for up to 3 consecutive years, to their seventh grade students in 107 classes in a large Midwestern school district. A sample of 2,428 students completed a linked pretest and post-test, for a response rate of 91 percent. We found that students' engagement in and enjoyment of the curriculum, their attitudes toward their teachers, and their perceptions of their teachers' skill were all associated with positive changes in the curriculum's five mediators, but not with changes in students' substance use per se. Study findings suggest the importance of these three attributes to the achievement of the objectives of prevention curricula. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitude scales; Adolescents at risk; Attitudes toward education; Behavioral science research; Drug information; Drug use; Educational reform; Instructional aids; Juvenile educational services; Peer influences on behavior
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