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Table 1 Lesson components and target concepts

From: Adolescent mental health education InSciEd Out: a case study of an alternative middle school population

  Lesson Target concepts Strategies
Day 1 Introduction Pre-evaluation and introductory activities Engage
Evaluate
Days 2–5 My brain and I Biogenetic foundations (brain anatomy and neurotransmission) and psychosocial foundations (mental healthcare system and barriers) to explore topics of resiliency and nature vs. nurture Explore
Contact
Days 6–15 Mental health and I Mental health research projects, experimental design and hypothesis generation, execution of scientific experiments, data analysis, creation of mental health promotion art Explain
Elaborate
Extend
Days 16–18 Sharing my voice in mental health Organization of mental health scientific research and artistic voice into multimedia presentation to share a personal story Explain
Elaborate
Extend
Days 19–20 Conclusion Post-evaluation and conclude activities Explain
Evaluate
  1. The InSciEd Out mental health unit in this study first built a foundation of knowledge in mental health before facilitating student exploration of mental health topics with personal relevance