Disseminating the Positively Aging® teaching materials: Results of a controlled trial

Michael J. Lichtenstein, Linda A. Pruski, Carolyn E. Marshall, Cheryl L. Blalock, Yan Liu, Rosemarie Plaetke

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This study tested the effectiveness of 2 dissemination methods for the Positively Aging® teaching materials. In San Antonio, Texas, 4 middle schools participated in a 3-year controlled trial of dissemination via distance electronic support alone (control) compared to distance electronic support plus in-school support from study staff (intervention). Web site and classroom utilization of lessons were tracked. The results demonstrated that in-school staff support was necessary to disseminate these materials. Potential dissemination barriers included competition for instructional time with other curricula, teacher variability in teacher computer use, teacher and student turnover, and the effects of mandatory testing on the educational process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-561
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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