Health Guidance for Elementary School Students by University Professors : Educating Children about Medicine-Taking and Evaluating Their Understanding
- Publisher: びわこ成蹊スポーツ大学
研究紀要 ＝ Bulletin of Biwako Seikei Sport College,
We carried out a lesson on medicine-taking to the sixth-graders in the elementary school by a university professor. Before and after the lesson, we asked true or false questions (which comprised of the following 7 items: ① Medicine is used to cure illness or injury. ② Medicine is something taken orally. ③ When taking medicine, certain rules are to be followed. ④ Medicine can be taken with juice. ⑤ When the colour of the medicine is the same, its effects are the same. ⑥ When I have a cold, I can use the medicine that was prescribed one month before. ⑦ When the elementary school students take medicine, they should consult an adult, for example someone in the family.) and we compared their level of understanding. The lesson on medicine-taking by a university professor consisted of ① an experiment where empty capsules are attached to one’s fingers, ② observing the capsules dissolve in lukewarm water, coca cola, juice, and sports drink, and ③ reading the story “Kusu Kusu Sensei” to the students - all of which are creative ways for the children to experience for themselves, see with their own eyes, and listen to a story-telling in order to understand that medicines with the same colour can have different effects. After the lesson, the accuracy rate of the true or false questions increased and their basic level of understanding of medicine became higher, showing a certain level of effect.