Teaching teachers to just say “know”: Reflections on drug education

Feb. 16, 2008

Source: “This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 24 Issue 2, Tupper Kenneth W., "Teaching teachers to just say “know”: Reflections on drug education", Pages 356-367, Copyright Elsevier (2008)”.

Psychoactive substance use by students is common in many countries, obliging schools to deliver drug education. However, some jurisdictions do not prepare teachers for engaging their students in honest, knowledge-based education.

This article looks at the history and queries the purposes of contemporary drug education. It compares current approaches to drug education with those of other “vice” issues addressed in the history of public schools, such as sex education and temperance education. It critically challenges the question of knowledge definition and production related to psychoactive substances. Finally, some of the theoretical groundings on which to base teacher education for drug education are considered.

Updated: Mar. 31, 2008