Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Culturally appropriate cardiovascular disease curriculum. 16 modules lasting 50 minutes each. In four of the schools, the curriculum was taught by physical education or health teachers, while the fifth school used history teachers as well as physical education teachers. Teachers were also permitted to determine the teaching schedule that worked best for them.

Study results: Post-curriculum survey results and student focus groups indicated that the students preferred a multicultural perspective, inclusive of Hispanic, African-American, and other cultures, rather than an exclusive focus on Native culture.

Reference: Sprague, D., Burgoyne, K., LaVaille, D., & Buchwald, D. (2011). ‘In Our Voice’: Lessons learned from a cardiovascular disease curriculum for American Indian students. Education Journal, 71(6) 678 –687.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good