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A Model Infectious Disease Curriculum for Fourth Grade Students: Integrating Prevention and Education Concepts in the Classroom

Downie, Diane Loreli (2006) A Model Infectious Disease Curriculum for Fourth Grade Students: Integrating Prevention and Education Concepts in the Classroom. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Despite the significant need for prevention education and updated disease curricula in elementary schools, there is a deficit of model units, lesson plans, and activities at the fourth grade level. An infectious disease and prevention teaching unit has been developed, following guidelines specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a format consistent with proven pedagogical methods. This curriculum was tested in five classrooms with a total of 94 students.Prior to implementation, an assessment of all fourth grade teachers in the district examined their perceived knowledge of infectious diseases and their perceived self-efficacy in teaching such content. Evaluation of student progress included student pre and post-tests to assess changes in knowledge. Upon completion of the unit, teachers evaluated the unit to determine its relevance, effectiveness, and ease of implementation, and completed a post-test on their own knowledge and efficacy.Results indicate that the unit was effective in increasing student comprehension and interest in infectious disease prevention, and teacher efficacy in delivery of the material. This model curriculum can serve as a foundation to increase school health education in critical public health areas such as infectious diseases and preparedness, and provide an early introduction to public health careers.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Downie, Diane Lorelideedee.downie@gmail.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKingsley, Lawrence
Committee MemberBeatty, Rodger L
Committee MemberQuinn, Sandrasquinn@pitt.eduSQUINN
Date: 6 June 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 4 April 2006
Approval Date: 6 June 2006
Submission Date: 10 April 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: disease transmission; elementary education; health education; health promotion; microbes
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04102006-203036/, etd-04102006-203036
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6952

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