Initiative Description: A science education curriculum on drugs for fourth- and fifth-grade students. Moreover, the curriculum consists of four separate educational programs, each designed for children in specific grades: kindergarten through first, second through third, fourth through fifth, and sixth through eighth. Each program includes a range of components, including a teachers’ guide, interactive student materials, multimedia and parent materials, and contains individual lessons with specific learning objectives. The curriculum covers several types of drugs and articles & contains six lessons that were administered to students over a 6-week period.
Study Results: Improved knowledge and attitudes regarding substance use.
Reference: Holtz, K. D., & Twombly, E. C. (2007). A preliminary evaluation of the effects of a science education curriculum on changes in knowledge of drugs in youth. Journal of Drug Education, 37(3), 317–333. https://doi.org/10.2190/DE.37.3.f
Level of Evidence: Good