Advantages and Challenges of Using Schoolteachers as Interveners to Deliver an In-school Asthma Health Education and Counseling Program

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160223
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Presentation
Title:
Advantages and Challenges of Using Schoolteachers as Interveners to Deliver an In-school Asthma Health Education and Counseling Program
Abstract:
Advantages and Challenges of Using Schoolteachers as Interveners to Deliver an In-school Asthma Health Education and Counseling Program
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Kintner, Eileen, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Michigan State University
Contact Address:College of Nursing Research Center, B515-H West Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA
Co-Authors:M. Clary and G.D. Cook, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
A school-based education and counseling program for students with asthma was developed: Staying Healthy-Asthma Responsible & Prepared. The program incorporates components into the existing curriculum as an elective course with spelling words, math problems, reading and writing assignments, and hands-on learning activities from biology, sociology, and psychology. Students are able to meaningfully apply content to life experiences of increasing management and acceptance of asthma. The purpose is to share advantages and challenges related to feasibility and benefits of using schoolteachers as interveners. Method: Certified elementary schoolteachers (N=4) with experience working with students enrolled in grades 4-6 were trained to serve as interveners to deliver 10, 50-minute sessions to students (N=80) according to detailed protocols. Training consisted of an overview of the aims, framework, and design; protection and confidentiality of subjects; demonstration of the protocol; and explanation of quality assurance procedures. Interveners role-played and received feedback until consistency in delivery was achieved. To minimize experimental drift, a standardized checklist for reviewing audio-recorded sessions was developed. Review of the sessions offered opportunities for self-correction. Weekly meetings were used to re-train and prepare for the upcoming sessions. Results: Advantages included comfort in structuring sessions, ability to manage class settings with diverse populations, familiarity of school environments, acceptance by school personnel, comprehension of developmental issues, understanding of standardized curriculum, and ability to facilitate academic and counseling aspects. Challenges included limited knowledge of asthma content, difficulty adhering to protocol, tendency toward creativity and to focus on familiar elements while minimizing unfamiliar elements, confusion about rationale for demonstrations, and inconsistent delivery within sessions across groups. One intervener was averse to being recorded, monitored, critiqued, and evaluated. Conclusions: Teachers offered advantages and challenges. Familiarity with the classroom and age group aided preparation and comfort. While challenges occurred, experienced teachers are valuable study team members.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdvantages and Challenges of Using Schoolteachers as Interveners to Deliver an In-school Asthma Health Education and Counseling Programen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160223-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Advantages and Challenges of Using Schoolteachers as Interveners to Deliver an In-school Asthma Health Education and Counseling Program</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kintner, Eileen, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Michigan State University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing Research Center, B515-H West Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kintner@msu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">M. Clary and G.D. Cook, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">A school-based education and counseling program for students with asthma was developed: Staying Healthy-Asthma Responsible &amp; Prepared. The program incorporates components into the existing curriculum as an elective course with spelling words, math problems, reading and writing assignments, and hands-on learning activities from biology, sociology, and psychology. Students are able to meaningfully apply content to life experiences of increasing management and acceptance of asthma. The purpose is to share advantages and challenges related to feasibility and benefits of using schoolteachers as interveners. Method: Certified elementary schoolteachers (N=4) with experience working with students enrolled in grades 4-6 were trained to serve as interveners to deliver 10, 50-minute sessions to students (N=80) according to detailed protocols. Training consisted of an overview of the aims, framework, and design; protection and confidentiality of subjects; demonstration of the protocol; and explanation of quality assurance procedures. Interveners role-played and received feedback until consistency in delivery was achieved. To minimize experimental drift, a standardized checklist for reviewing audio-recorded sessions was developed. Review of the sessions offered opportunities for self-correction. Weekly meetings were used to re-train and prepare for the upcoming sessions. Results: Advantages included comfort in structuring sessions, ability to manage class settings with diverse populations, familiarity of school environments, acceptance by school personnel, comprehension of developmental issues, understanding of standardized curriculum, and ability to facilitate academic and counseling aspects. Challenges included limited knowledge of asthma content, difficulty adhering to protocol, tendency toward creativity and to focus on familiar elements while minimizing unfamiliar elements, confusion about rationale for demonstrations, and inconsistent delivery within sessions across groups. One intervener was averse to being recorded, monitored, critiqued, and evaluated. Conclusions: Teachers offered advantages and challenges. Familiarity with the classroom and age group aided preparation and comfort. While challenges occurred, experienced teachers are valuable study team members.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:44:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:44:27Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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