Between January and April 2017, a large, urban school district participated in an evaluation of their puberty education programming for grades 4, 5, and 6 using Puberty: The Wonder Years™. The goal was to learn if the curriculum helped students increase knowledge, develop positive attitudes, and practice the skills needed to navigate puberty in a positive manner.
Thirty-two classes of fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students participated in Puberty: The Wonder Years™ lessons using the 2015 edition of the curriculum. The lessons were taught by an experienced health education teacher who presented the lessons as a guest in the regular classroom teachers’ classes. The teacher kept an implementation fidelity log to identify any modifications in the delivery of the lessons.
Student surveys were designed to measure changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills resulting from participation in Puberty: The Wonder Years™. Students in each class completed a pre-survey prior to participating in the Puberty: The Wonder Years lessons and a post-survey following completion of the Puberty: The Wonder Years™ lessons. The surveys were matched using a unique code generated by each student, and only matched pre- and post-surveys were included in the evaluation results.
Highlights from this evaluation are summarized in this Puberty: The Wonder Years Infographic.