Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children, affecting about 151 ,000 young people in the United States. Children are in school for 6 hours every day, plus additional hours for extracurricular activities. School teachers are faced with the additional responsibilities of managing diabetes in children. The limited studies that have been done regarding teachers knowledge of diabetes management reveal a lack of understanding in this area.

This descriptive study determined the knowledge level of teachers before an educational inservice and immediately following the in-service. The study was completed on a group of 14 teachers in a northern, mid-central state of the United States. Subjects were given a questionnaire that measured their knowledge level in four areas of diabetes management. Data for each of these areas were analyzed and there was a significant increase in level of knowledge between pretest and posttest results. The implications of this study reveal that the teachers' knowledge level about diabetes care of children in the school system can be appreciably improved with an educational in-service