Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Bruce Goodrow, Donald Carter, Jimmie Price

Degree Program

Department of Public Health

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this research was to determine the effectiveness of the independent study method of instruction in promoting health knowledge and health attitude change. The experimental method was compared to the traditional classroom model of instruction.

A random sample of ten subjects was taken for the experimental group and matched control subjects were then selected. Control subjects were chosen based on the demographic variables of age, race, sex, academic classification and grade point average.

A pretest-posttest design using two standardized instruments was employed to measure the health knowledge gain and health attitude change. Data was statistically analyzed by use of a two-tailed T-test.

Findings revealed no significant difference between the independent study model of instruction and the traditional instructional model regarding health knowledge gain or attitude change.

Conclusions were made regarding the findings and recommendations were offered for future research in this area.


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