How Useful Are Elementary School Health Textbooks for Teaching about Hearing Health and Protection? A content analysis of eight elementary school health textbook series (total 48 books) was performed in order to identify and describe hearing health information and to assess the usefulness of this information with regard to preventing hearing loss. Information was considered useful if it was mobilizing and/or theoretical. Mobilizing information ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1988
How Useful Are Elementary School Health Textbooks for Teaching about Hearing Health and Protection?
 
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  • Alan M. Frager is in the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Allied Professions, Miami University, 401 D McGuffey Hall, Oxford, OH 45056. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. Alice Kahn is in the Department of Communication, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.
    Alan M. Frager is in the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Allied Professions, Miami University, 401 D McGuffey Hall, Oxford, OH 45056. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. Alice Kahn is in the Department of Communication, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1988
How Useful Are Elementary School Health Textbooks for Teaching about Hearing Health and Protection?
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1988, Vol. 19, 175-181. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1902.175
History: Received August 22, 1986 , Accepted March 18, 1987
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1988, Vol. 19, 175-181. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1902.175
History: Received August 22, 1986; Accepted March 18, 1987

A content analysis of eight elementary school health textbook series (total 48 books) was performed in order to identify and describe hearing health information and to assess the usefulness of this information with regard to preventing hearing loss. Information was considered useful if it was mobilizing and/or theoretical. Mobilizing information was defined as information which allows readers to act on their response. Theoretical information was defined as information concerning something to be seen or understood. Publishers of all textbooks studied included roughly equal amounts of theoretical content. Data indicate that mobilizing information about hearing health is lacking in elementary health textbooks, although recent editions contained more mobilizing information than earlier ones. Findings suggest that the role of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in developing, supplementing, and improving quality of health textbook information must be expanded.

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