Effects of teacher preparation and student age on an alcohol and drug education curriculum

I. M. Newman, P. Mohr, B. Badger, T. S. Gillespie

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An alcohol/drug education curriculum was tested in twenty-five Nebraska junior high schools involving 1,800 students in grades seven to nine. Using teacher training and student age as independent variables, gains in knowledge and decision-making ability were assessed. There was an interaction between age level and training, with older students taught by fully trained teachers making significantly greater gains in knowledge and decision-making ability than students who were exposed to the curriculum via untrained teachers and those not exposed to the curriculum at all. Teacher training was shown to be a critical variable in curriculum innovation, especially for older students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of drug education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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