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Title: Detectives in the Classroom: An Epidemiology Curriculum for Science, Mathematics and Health Educators

URL: http://www.montclair.edu/detectives/

Abstract: The Detectives in the Classroom is an interactive online curriculum developed for middle school students because:

1. During middle school students become increasingly independent and are faced with many health-related decisions that can profoundly affect their lives. To make informed decisions, students need to understand how scientific evidence can be the basis for those decisions. A knowledge of the science of epidemiology empowers students to make both personal and collective, evidence-based, health-related decisions.

2. Anecdotal observations, while teaching epidemiology to middle school students in a weekend enrichment program, demonstrated that younger children were capable of grasping epidemiological concepts, thought that it was a "fun" science, and could see its relevance to the health issues that are of concern to them.

The curriculum is aligned with the National Science Education Standards and the attributes of scientific literacy (from National Academy of Sciences) Epidemiologists are called disease detectives. The curriculum is called Detectives in the Classroom because students will develop the understandings and skills of epidemiologists, investigators who study the occurrence of disease and other health-related outcomes in populations of people for the purpose of preventing or controlling health problems

Source: Montclair State University

Date of Publication: February 2005

Resource Type: Web site - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours

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