Formation of teacher panels to assist in the development of tobacco education materials for children

This grant supports two teacher focus groups as part of an undertaking by Scholastic, Inc., to develop the next generation of tobacco education materials. The focus groups will be part of a larger research process by Scholastic to expand tobacco education beyond school health settings into social studies and current events settings. Scholastic has received a $65,000 grant from the American Medical Association to collect and review a wide range of current tobacco education materials, programs and activities in preparation for development of a trial teaching package on tobacco education to be tested this fall in at least 3,000 classrooms nationally. The teacher focus groups will be an important component in preparing the teaching package. Scholastic will convene two focus groups of teachers: a panel of 4th, 5th and 6th grade elementary teachers and a group of secondary social studies educators. Each group will consist of 8-10 teachers. One of the panels will take place in Arizona; the other, in the Northeast, most likely in Massachusetts. Each focus group will cover several issues, including: (1) general reactions to current approaches to substance abuse education; (2) discussion of tobacco education tied to current events (for elementary level) and social studies (for the secondary level); and (3) strategies and approaches most likely to excite teachers about using materials

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $20,000.00

Awarded on: 11/12/1996

Time frame: 10/1/1996 - 11/30/1996

Grant Number: 30235


Scholastic Inc.

557 Broadway
New York, 10012-3962


Adam Hirschfelder
Project Director