Health educators constantly strive to make their courses more meaningful to students. Bartlett (1) indicated that evaluative studies of school health curricula have demonstrated success in improving knowledge, while success in improving attitudes and facilitating life changes has been more elusive. Several subsequent studies (2-6) have supported this premise. To personalize and add meaning to a health and wellness course, a term project entitled the "Life Planning Booklet" was developed. The project challenges students to analyze their present behavior in light of their values and life goals.
Paul (7) wrote that without the ability to think or reason effectively, students are intellectually, emotionally, and morally incomplete. The "Life Planning Booklet" project requires decision-making and analysis of why particular decisions were made. The project has increased student interest in self-evaluation and has given students a better understanding of how their lifestyle choices influence the quality of their lives and the attainment of future goals and aspirations.
The Life Planning Booklet consists of 17 chapters. Chapters one-four are introductory chapters that set the stage for 12 health content chapters. Chapter 17 provides a summary of individual strengths and weaknesses. Each chapter, in handwritten form, is approximately one to one-and-a-half pages long.
Chapter One: Brief Student Autobiography--a summary of significant life events of the present time is recorded. Family events and relationships are stressed.
Chapter Two: Value System--principles that guide student value systems are written. Common responses include religious attitudes, family rules, basic freedoms, and...
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