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Curriculum Infusion

Using the Curriculum Infusion Program:

Below are links  to compilations of college courses that can incorporate Curriculum Infusion:

Behavioral and Social Sciences Classes:

- Research Methods in Social Sciences
- Chemical Dependency and Addiction
ss( ex. Sociology 370 - Deviant Behavior)
- General Psychology
- Social Psychology

English and Communication Classes:

- Freshman Composition
- Honors Composition
- Family Communication
- Panel Assignment for Group Communication

Health Sciences Classes:

- Prevention and Care (First Aid)
- University Level Health Course
- Alcohol Education and Family living

Mathematics:

- Elementary Statistics

Fine Arts:

- Dramatic Art

Education:

- History
- Philosophy

Business Management:

- Organizational Behavior

The following information is posted with the permission of the Network for Dissemination of Curriculum Infusion (NDCI).  

Curriculum Infusion is the process of integrating substance abuse prevention content into courses across the curriculum. It is a very effective strategy for reaching students at commuter colleges and universities where students' busy lives leave them little time for extracurricular activities, including drug and violence prevention programming. Significant numbers of commuter students can only be reached in the classroom. Curriculum Infusion is also an especially useful strategy at the commuter campus because it involves faculty. Commuter students are often among the first in their families to attend college and have especially high respect for their instructors. Faculty are well positioned to influence the learning and social environment of their institutions to one that is less tolerant of drug abuse and violence; they are invested in promoting an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

Curriculum Infusion can also be an important strategy on residential campuses where it may also be difficult to reach substantial numbers of students outside the classroom. On the residential campus, Curriculum Infusion is a valuable addition to other strategies, engaging faculty as allies in the campus wide violence and drug prevention effort.

Infusion of drug and violence prevention across the curriculum is, itself, an important change in the campus environment. Curriculum Infusion also can be readily linked to other prevention strategies. For example, information from social marketing campaigns that emphasize exaggerated perceptions of the level of drinking on a campus can become part of the curriculum of classes in the social sciences and media. Courses in the media and graphic design can create campus drug and violence prevention materials. Courses in women's studies can address the relationship between heavy drinking and violence against women, relating to efforts of women on campus to make a safer environment.
 

About the NDCI:

The Network for Dissemination of Curriculum Infusion (NDCI) disseminates the Curriculum Infusion strategy through local, regional and national training and conferences, by providing resource materials and consultation on curriculum infusion, and by publication of a national newsletter, Network News. The Network is staffed by faculty who integrated prevention content into their own courses when Curriculum Infusion was the linchpin of Northeastern Illinois University's successful institution wide prevention program funded by U.S. Department of Education in 1987. For the past six years, Network staff have disseminated the Curriculum Infusion strategy nationally. The NDCI emphasizes faculty design of prevention content for courses regularly offered across the curriculum of the college or university. We stress that prevention content should seamlessly fit each course and hold to its standard of scholarship. In disseminating Curriculum Infusion, the Network asks faculty to integrate prevention content into their courses with the intent/hope of influences students to examine their own attitudes and behavior. The Network emphasizes the importance of student involvement in the learning process because this is good pedagogy and because students are more likely to apply the prevention information to their lives if they are active learners.
 

LINKS and Further Information involving Curriculum Infusion:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's curriculum infusion web site:  click HERE

Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Infusion web site: click HERE