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Improving Health Education Program Outcomes

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

If you find that your school's health education program isn't meeting its stated goals, what can you do? Perhaps the wrong approach to the program is being taken, and this lesson explains what one problem may be.

Improving Health Education

Why don't we pretend that you are part of a curriculum committee that has recently developed a school health education program? It has gone through a lot of rigorous planning, and it has finally been approved by the school board. However, you're not entirely sure how well things are going and whether or not things need to be improved. You need to figure out how to assess these things. This lesson gives you some pointers on how to go about doing this and how to improve the program outcomes.

Assessing for Improvement

First, let's turn to figuring out whether or not there's anything to improve in the first place. How can we do this? We can utilize meetings and surveys to our advantage. Meetings can be held with faculty, elected student officials, and even members of the community and family members to assess several factors including:

What challenges have teachers encountered?

What changes, if any, have parents seen in their children thanks to the program?

What does the student body believe is being met or missed?

What has the program done right so far?

Where can the program be improved?

Surveys can do the same things, but the advantage of a survey is that it can be convenient for more people since they can be completed online. Meetings are kind of hard to attend due to conflicting schedules. Therefore, surveys may give a bigger response pool with more accurate data with a wider breadth of information. The other potentially positive aspect of a survey is that it can be filled out anonymously. Anonymity isn't really possible in a meeting, and this may inadvertently cause some people to avoid speaking up for fear of sounding stupid or being embarrassed by other individuals. With an anonymous survey, students, faculty and other members of the community may be more willing to point out the good and the bad.

Improving the Program

Now that you've conducted your information-gathering exercises, you realize that the program goals and outcomes aren't being met as well as they should be. How can we improve this?

One principal fault of many educational programs is their gigantic focus on content. Meaning, it's the same old story of academia. Learn this, spit it back on the test and hopefully you've learned something from it. This is a very antiquated way of teaching peoples. Students are not learning-machines.

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