CRESST Curriculum

Project CRESST: Enhancing Clinical Research Education for Secondary Students and Teachers is designed to support secondary teachers’ classroom instruction in areas related to designing, conducting, and interpreting research using a childhood health and wellness content framework. 

Working with experienced classroom educators and Virginia Commonwealth University faculty and researchers,  the CRESST team developed instructional lessons and student activities to assist teachers in their use of inquiry-based instructional approaches to deliver research and health-related content.  

The curriculum has been organized into four main content areas that mirror steps in the research process: 

  • The Basics of Research
  • Information Gathering and Synthesis
  • Ethical Issues in Clinical Research
  • Collecting and Analyzing Data

Two short videos were developed to accompany the lessons.  Clinical Research: Why Does It Matter to Me? introduces students to the concept of clinical research and what it means to be a research participant. CRESST Kids and Health: From Classroom to Community – How Research Can Improve Our Health explores how clinical research can be used to address health issues prevalent in the local community.  A video guide for classroom suggestions and accompanying CRESST lessons supports the videos.

Download the entire CRESST Curriculum (PDF)

Download individual chapters of the the CRESST Curriculum (PDF)


Click here to download Microsoft Word versions of the Student Handouts (included in the PDF files).


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