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Who Developed BioCONECT?
The BioCONECT curriculum was developed by the LIFE Center (Ladies Professional Golf Association In the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer) at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in collaboration with the Center for School and Community Health Education, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health. Primary funding was provided by the Val Skinner Foundation with additional support from the Central and South Jersey A!liate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Renee Shatz Amdur Fund and the North Brunswick Township High School Care to Walk Club.

Was the Curriculum Pilot Tested?
The BioCONECT curriculum was pilot-tested by 34 New Jersey high school teachers and more than 1,000 students in 23 school districts representing the state's broad cultural and socio-economic diversity. A pilot-test study using a student pre/post-test design determined the effectiveness of the curriculum. Results of the pre/post-test showed a significant improvement in knowledge about biology and genetics, as well as breast cancer and breast health. On average, students significantly improved their knowledge by 20% from the pre-test to post-test. Results also suggested that students' attitudes toward science and breast cancer were more positive at the post-test. The curriculum development team revised the materials based on student and teacher feedback, and the pilot-test study results. This process ensures the materials are current, technically accurate, user-friendly, age-appropriate and classroom effective. .


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