An evaluation of a classroom science intervention ...



Title An evaluation of a classroom science intervention designed to extend the bicycle helmet safety message
Author(s) Moira N. McPherson, Pamela K. Marsh, William J. Montelpare, Christina Van Barneveld, Carlos E. Zerpa
Journal American Journal of Health Education
Date 2009
Volume 40
Issue 2
Start page 71
End page 79
Abstract Background: Wizards of Motion is a program of curriculum delivery through which experts in Kinesiology introduce grade 7 students to applications of physics for human movement. The program is linked closely to Ministry of Education curriculum requirements but includes human movement applications and data analysis experiences. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate students' head safety knowledge and attitudes toward helmet use after participating in the program. Methods: Data were collected from five grade 7 classrooms. Two classrooms (n = 37) receiving the program, while three classrooms, (n = 37) formed the control group (no intervention). Results on the Knowledge Test, and the Student Helmet Use Questionnaire were compared between intervention and control students. Results: A significant pre-post change in level of knowledge scores was observed in the intervention group. Likewise, intervention group students showed a significant increase in their intention to wear a helmet in future. Discussion: The successful program delivery illustrated the usefulness of linking public health promotion to standard classroom curriculum. Translation to Health Education Practice: This program exemplified the fundamental elements of knowledge translation and knowledge development, and is therefore recommended as a positive approach to delivering the public health message of helmet use for head safety. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
DOI 10.1080/19325037.2009.10599081

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