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Master of Science
Health Is optimum physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Thus defined, health becomes essential for the development of persons who are to contribute to the growth of wholesome individual and community living. In the attainment of this state of well-being, it is important that a health program help children to develop desirable health attitudes, habits, skills, and interests.
A consideration of children's health interests, needs, and developmental characteristics provides clues to pupil concerns in health. Desirable health behavior may be developed by children as they are helped to resolve these concerns. Most teachers will readily agree that there are few phases of the curriculum more important to the individual than that of health. Schools have long insisted that every teacher should include some phases or units in health instruction in their teaching. Experts have identified health needs of children at various stages of development and directed teaching to meet those needs has been introduced into the curriculum. As yet, method and content have generally been so divorced from the interests and concerns of children that few young people can be found who do not frown when it is suggested that they study "health". In addition, a careful examination of the health programs already in use in many schools indicates a lack of articulation, not only between elementary and Junior high school and between junior and senior high school but also among various grade levels within these divisions. Programs are often uncoordinated and varying in emphasis, with some of the most meaningful and important learnings often left to chance.
Needs have a definite effect upon the quality and quantity of learning experiences; whether they arise from the psychological hungers of belonging, achievement, or affection, or from the pressures of society for group safety, for sanitation, or for cooperation with other measures of community health, they are capable of building tensions in individuals. So strong may these tensions become that the process of their release and satisfaction sets up optimum conditions for learning.
J. C. Mitchem
Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College
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Reese, B. C. (1955). A Study Of The Health Interests Of Grades Four, Five, And Six At The North Seventh Street Elementary School, Waco, Texas. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/1425