Health  K to 12 

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Annotated Bibliography

The annotated bibliography that follows includes basic references that you may find useful in preparing for the exam. Each resource is linked to the competencies and skills found in Section 3 of this guide.

This bibliography is representative of the most important and most comprehensive texts as reflected in the competencies and skills. The Florida Department of Education does not endorse these references as the only appropriate sources for review; many comparable texts currently used in teacher preparation programs also cover the competencies and skills that are tested on the exam.

  1. Advocates for Youth. (2008). [Online].

    Promotes efforts to inform responsible reproductive and sexual health decision making for adolescents.

  2. American Association for Health Education. (2010). American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. [Online].

    Provides promotion and support for the health, physical education, recreation, and dance professions. Assists in the development of education, leadership, research, and best practices in the health, physical education, recreation, and dance professions.

  3. American Cancer Society. (2010). [Online].

    Advocates for the treatment and elimination of cancer through advocacy, education, research, and service. Implements its mission through community-based efforts nationwide.

  4. American Heart Association. (2010). [Online].

    Promotes efforts to decrease the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and strokes through service, research and education.

  5. American Red Cross. (2010). The American National Red Cross. [Online].

    Offers humanitarian relief domestically and internationally to victims of disasters and war. Services the community through need assistance, military support, blood and blood product collection, processing, and distribution, and health and safety educational programs.

  6. Anspaugh, D. & Ezell, G. (2010). Teaching today’s health (9th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings.

    Offers an extensive description of health-related instructional practices and classroom activities. Addresses current health issues. Incorporates national health standards.

  7. Bronson, M. & Merki, D. (2007). Glencoe Health. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

    Provides a comprehensive overview of health and wellness. Integrates academic research with real-world applications of skills for practical use. Promotes health literacy and fitness.

  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). Health education curriculum analysis tool. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Conducts analysis of health education curricula based on national and federal standards. Assists schools in the development and improvement of health education curricula. Customizable to state and district requirements.

  9. Donatelle, R.J. (2009). Health: The Basics (8th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings.

    Highlights essential health knowledge necessary for developing a comprehensive understanding of health education.

  10. Fertman, C.I. & Allensworth, D.D. (2010). Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice. San Francisco, CA.: Jossey-Bass.

    Provides an overview of current best practices from a variety of relevant settings. Presents insight on planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs. Explores the theory of health promotion.

  11. Fetro, J.V. (2000). Personal & social skills: understanding and implementing competencies across health content. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates.

    Offers an understanding of decision making, communication, stress management, and goal setting as they relate to health content areas. Addresses key information, instructional approaches, and curriculum necessary to create a health program.

  12. Hales, D. (2003). An invitation to health, brief. Belmont, CA: BrooksCole Pub Co.

    Provides students with the tools to begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Emphasis is placed on identifying areas for change and presenting current facts about men’s and women’s health.

  13. Healthy Schools Healthy Youth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Online].

    Source of tools, training, and research on adolescent and youth health. Collects and reports data on risk behaviors, programs, and policies. Provides funding and assistance for the implementation of effective health policies and programs.

  14. Huffman, D., Fontaine, K.L., & Price, B. K. (2003). Health problems in the classroom  6 to 12 : An a to z reference guide for educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

    Examines medical knowledge relating to illness, injury, and conditions that affect adolescents. Details health-related topics that are relevant to teens. Discusses health problems that affect students in grades 6 through 12.

  15. Huffman, D., Fontaine, K.L., & Price, B. K. (2003). Health problems in the classroom  p k to 6 : An a to z reference guide for educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

    Provides concise and practical facts about health problems, illnesses, and disabilities encountered daily by various school stakeholders. Resource for an inclusive classroom.

  16. Ksir, C., Hart, C.L., & Ray, O. (2008). Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior (12th ed.) McGraw Hill: Boston, MA.

    Offers current information on drug use and its individual and societal effects. Provides a range of perspectives on drugs and drug use.

  17. Marx, D., Wooley, S.F., & Northrop, D. (1998). Health is academic: A guide to coordinated school health programs. New York, NY: Teacher’s College Press.

    Details components of coordinated school health programs. Discusses topics and data from various areas of health education.

  18. McKenzie, J.F., Pinger, R.R., & Kotecki, J.E. (2008). An introduction to community health. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

    Presents current trends and statistical data in the community health field. Emphasizes career-level knowledge and skills in health education.

  19. Meeks, L., Heit, P., & Page, R. (2007). Comprehensive school health education: Totally awesome strategies for teaching health (5th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.

    Prepares  k to 12  instructors in comprehensive school health education methodology. Offers practical strategies and methods, planning, and curriculum support.

  20. National Cyber Security Alliance. [Online].

    Informs the public on Internet safety and security. Advocates for the protection of technology, networks, and digital assets.

  21. National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institutes on Health. [Online].

    Conducts research relating to drug abuse and addiction. Disseminates research results to improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment, and policy.

  22. National Safety Council. [Online].

    Advocates for the prevention of injuries and deaths in the workplace, homes, communities, and on transportation routes.

  23. Occupational Safety & Health Administration. United States Department of Labor. [Online].

    Ensures the safety of working conditions for workers in the United States. Sets and enforces standards for the workplace. Provides assistance and training in the implementation of safety standards.

  24. Office of Healthy Schools. Florida Department of Education. Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction. [Online].

    Source of tools to assist in the creation of student health and academic success on state, district, and school levels. Implements the eight-component Coordinated School Health model.

  25. SHAPE America. (2010). American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. [Online].

    Promotes the enhancement of knowledge, support, and the improvement of professional practices for physical education, sport and physical activity programs.

  26. Standring, Susan. (2009). Grey’s anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice. (40th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

    Offers an exhaustive account of human anatomical description and construction.

  27. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Online].

    Initiates programs to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities nationwide.

  28. Telljohann, S., Symons, C., & Pateman, B. (2008). Health education: Elementary and middle school applications (6th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.

    Presents an introduction to school health programming. Emphasizes necessary skills for health educators. Provides background information on key health topics. Designed for pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. Aligns activities with national health standards.

  29. United States Department of Agriculture. [Online].

    Provides public policy leadership and management on food, agriculture, natural resources, consumer health-related practices, and related issues.

  30. United States Environmental Protection Agency. [Online].

    Ensures protection from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work. Assists in establishing and enforcing environmental policy and protection.

  31. United States Food and Drug Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Online].

    Assures the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the national food supply, and tobacco products. Advances public health by assisting medical and food innovations. Assists the public in obtaining accurate science-based information concerning medicines and foods.

  32. Weinstein, E. & Rosen, E. (2003). Teaching children about health: A multidisciplinary approach (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.

    Utilizes a case-study approach to detail the foundation, theories and principles of health education. Emphasizes a wellness/preventive health model. Offers multidisciplinary activities that can be integrated into elementary-level curricula.

  33. Yarber, W., Sayad, B., & Strong, B. (2010). Human sexuality: Diversity in contemporary America (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

    Offers a thorough overview of contemporary themes in sexual health. Provides an integrated analysis of sexual orientation, biopsychosocial orientation, and sexuality and the media.


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