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Middle School Media Literacy for Reproductive Health

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93896
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD061193
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING DURHAM, NC 27707-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Middle School Media Literacy for Reproductive Health
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HD061193-01
Award Amount: $141,531.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed project will involve the development of a prototype for a prevention program that focuses on teaching media literacy skills to middle school students for the purpose of enhancing adolescents' decision-makin g skills to prevent early sexual behaviors and teen pregnancy. The 10-lesson program will consist of a Teachers Manual including goals and objectives for each lesson, lesson scripts, ad and media examples, class handouts, homework assignments, additional r esources, and skill-based evaluation tools. In addition, the final program will include a DVD with 10 multimedia PowerPoint-like presentations with integrated video and audio clips that are designed to be used while teaching each lesson. The program will b e designed for use in a range of educational settings including public and private middle schools, as well as after school, faith- based, and community-based programs. Program development in Phase I will consist of Program Development team members along wi th media literacy and health educators developing the Scope and Sequence of the program and the first five prototypic lessons. Two methods will be used to gather feedback for the revision process: 1) middle school students participating in four focus group s, and 2) two public middle school teachers and two educators in afterschool programs piloting the five lessons in their classrooms. These methods will provide feedback about the format, goals, and content of the program, feasibility of disseminating the p roposed program in middle school settings, and feasibility of the program's effectiveness. The potential commercial applications of this research include the creation of an easy-to-use, attractive, effective preventive intervention program and teacher trai ning workshops that can be adopted in a wide range of educational settings. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Media literacy education is an effective approach for the prevention of many risk behaviors, including early sexual behaviors. The purpose of this project is to complete and evaluate an easy-to use, attractive, research- based preventive intervention program for use with middle school teachers and students that utilizes active learning methods. The curriculum will be designed to be flexible for delivery by e ducators working in public, private, or home schools as well as by health educators or youth group leaders of faith-based, after school, or community-based programs. This project will result in the development of a commercially available, teacher- friendly , educational tool with empirically-tested results.

Principal Investigator:

Tracy M. Scull
9194937700
TSCULL@IRTINC.US

Business Contact:

Tami Schwend
jkupersmidt@irtinc.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING 1415 W NC HWY 54 DURHAM, NC 27707

EIN/Tax ID: 562131912
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No