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    Curriculum Development for a Presentation

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    This is a masters study level.
    I have been tasked with creating a presentation to give to an elderly community in a senior living center. the presentation is on the Healthy Heart. My first objective was to interview experts in the field of heart care and compile the data to find out what the community needs are related to this topic. I then have to identify a conceptual framework to use for the curriculum and determine how major concepts are threaded throughout the curriculum. My third objective is to develop a educational lesson plan on the healthy heart with learning objectives, outline, teaching strategy, powerpoint and speaker notes, and handouts. My last objective is to develop an evaluation tool to use with the audience at the end of the presentation. I am having trouble getting organized, confused by the conceptual model portion of this project and in desperate need of some simplistic instructions with guidance to follow so that I can complete this project. I also need (15) peer reviewed articles on best teaching methodologies for the community and 15 peer reviewed articles on the heart health. hope you can help.

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    Let's start with your conceptual framework. Once you understand how it works, it will help direct the rest. Although you certainly do not have to use anything that I suggest, I would recommend using Albert Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) for this framework. This theory works very well for community education. I am actually using it for my doctoral dissertation right now.

    There are several concepts that make up this theory. Understanding of the core elements is based on what is referred to as the reciprocal triad. The triad consists of "personal," what a person knows/believes, "environment," the elements that the individual interacts with in life, and "behavior," the way a person reacts to the environment based on the personal. The three elements impact each other to varying degrees. A person reacts to their environment through specific behavior. If the person's beliefs change or the environment is altered, the behaviors will probably be different. Here is a really crude example:

    A child grows up in a violent home (personal). They begin school bullying other kids (behavior). The other kids begin to avoid the child (environment).

    You can see how changes could occur. If the child begins acting nicer to the other kids, their response is going to be different. Of these triad elements, what is ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution provides discussion of a theoretical framework for a community education project. It also provides information on finding evidence-based programs to fit the needs of the target population.