Faculty Mentors

Dr. Sharene Smoot


This study investigated the relationship between certain teachers' backgrounds and their self-efficacy when dealing with sensitive health topics. The eighty-seven participants surveyed were teachers in a central Georgia middle school. Teachers felt strongly that every middle level student should have health education every year (89% agreed or strongly agreed). However, teachers with more experience were less likely to agree or strongly agree ( only 38% did) that they would like to include health QCC objectives in their instructional units. There were more positive responses from teachers who had been parents, who had taught a health related subject, or who had attended a recent health-related workshop. But these differences were not statistically significant. There is possibly a positive relationship existing between these teacher background factors and self-efficacy in health education. More research of this important subject area is needed.



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