The School Health Curriculum Project: Its Theory, Practice, and Measurement Experience
The School Health Curriculum Project(SHCP), initiated over a decade ago to provide a health education curriculum package for elemen tary students, has been widely and variously evaluated. In analyzing studies designed to assess the effectiveness of the SHCP, it was recognized that the measured impact of this project (or any health education intervention) would derive from the adequacy of the theory upon which the program is based, the adequacy of its implementation, and the adequacy of its measurement. Hence, an examination of the theoretical base of the SHCP and its variance in practice was conducted. In addition, a metaevaluation of 24 studies designed to access the effectiveness of the SHCP was completed. Results suggest that the project is effective in influencing health-related knowledge and attitudes. A rationale for future evaluation efforts in school health education is subsequently outlined.