|Abstract or Summary
- This study was concerned with identifying the program activities
and resources believed necessary to support a districtwide, comprehensive
school health instruction program and investigated the perceptions
of an expert committee composed of persons involved in
school health instruction in the State of Washington.
A questionnaire, developed after extensive review of related
literature and a field test involving state and national health educators,
was mailed to members of the expert committee on two
separate occasions. Information received from the first questionnaire
returns was furnished with the second mailing. The questionnaire
contained 80 scaled-response activity/resource statements
grouped into five areas: (1) Personnel; (2) In-service; (3) Community Involvement; (4) Written Guidelines; and (5) Evaluation.
A t test comparison between the sample mean obtained from
responses of the expert committee and the population mean of 3. 5 on
a six-point response scale was made for each of the activity/resource
statements. In addition, a two-tailed t test for testing independent
means was used to test the significance of mean differences between
sub-group pairings found within the membership of the expert committee.
Sub-group comparisons included: (1) Metropolitan-Smaller
cities; (2) Supervisors-Classroom personnel; and (3) Health educators-
The results of this study revealed that the members of the
expert committee agreed that 78 of the 80 activity/resource statements
were important in leading to and supporting districtwide,
comprehensive school health instruction programs in the State of
Washington. Of the statements classified as important, 74 were
found to have differences which were statistically significant at the
. 001 level, three had differences which were statistically significant
at the . 01 level, and one had a difference which was statistically
significant at the . 05 level. Mean values obtained on each item
indicated that five of the 80 items fell within the "strongly agree"
range on the six-point response scale, 69 items fell within the "agree"
range, and six items fell within the "agree with reservation" range.
It was found that expert committee members from metropolitan areas differed from the members of the expert committee from
smaller cities at a significant level for four items related to in-service
programs, for two items related to community involvement,
for three items related to written guidelines, and for one item
related to evaluation. When grouped according to supervisory or
classroom responsibility, a significant difference of opinion was
noted on two items. One of these items dealt with personnel, and
the other dealt with written guidelines. Separation of the expert
committee into two groups, one composed of health educators and
the other composed of non-health educators produced a significant
difference of opinion about one item each in the sections on personnel,
in-service programs, and evaluation.