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TitleAddictive substances: textbook approaches from 16 countries
Author(s)Carvalho, Graça Simões de
Jourdan, Didier
Gonçalves, Artur
Dantas, Catarina
Berger, Dominique
Biology education
Health education
Issue dateDec-2009
PublisherThe Institute of Biology
JournalJournal of Biological Education
Citation"Journal of Biological Education." ISSN 0021-9266. 44:1(Dez. 2009) 26-30.
Abstract(s)Schools have been identified as one of the appropriate settings for addiction prevention since it is the place where pupils may come into contact with drugs for the first time, may experiment them, getting the possibility of becoming addicted. To be effective, school-based drug education must be firmly based on knowledge of oneself and knowledge of the effects of various addictive substances. Biology education is then an essential part of school-based drug education. The aim of this work was to compare the approach taken towards addictive substances in textbooks within 16 countries involved in the European project “BIOHEAD-CITIZEN”. We used a specific part of the project grid for substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) concerning three major indicators: physical effects, psychological effects and social effects. Generally, in all 16 countries, the educative approaches taken in their textbooks include the three dimensions. Textbooks mainly employ text rather than visual images, and some countries’ textbooks have only text. Moroccan and Mozambican textbooks do not mention tobacco and other drugs, respectively. The comparative analyses highlighted that the Finish textbook is the most comprehensive; the only country, in the study, to have a specific Health Education teaching module.
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