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Health education curriculum analysis tool : a guide for health education teacher preparation programs in institutions of higher education

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    HECAT IHE Guide
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    School board members and school leaders expect that school health education will help improve health outcomes for their students. Students’ health outcomes can be influenced by high quality health instruction and utilization of curricula that reflect the characteristics of effective health education. Health education teacher preparation programs should include instruction that helps future teachers improve curriculum selection and delivery. This Guide provides a series of lessons for use by instructors in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) who are responsible for professional teacher preparation programs in health education, and in pre-service courses that focus on improving health education curriculum selection and instruction. The lessons and activities in this guide are intended to help college and university students understand and use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) and analyze school health education curricula. There are six lessons in this guide. Lessons 1 – 5 introduce students to the knowledge and skills prerequisite for analyzing a written single or multiple grade-level health education curricula, and then using those skills to analyze a curriculum. In Lesson 6, students apply the elements of the HECAT to develop their own health education unit plans for use in the classroom. This “Introduction to Lessons” section provides instructors with a synopsis of this Guide, the intended outcomes of the lessons, a description of the lesson format, and essential actions to take in preparing to implement these lessons. The HECAT is designed to help teachers, school districts, state agencies, and others carry out a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of school health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. The HECAT results can help users select or develop appropriate and more effective health education curricula, strengthen the delivery of health education, and improve the ability of health educators to influence health behaviors and health outcomes among school age youth. Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool: A Guide for Health Education Teacher Preparation Programs in Institutions of Higher Education. Atlanta, GA: CDC; 2015. Publication date from document properties. hecat-web.pdf
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