Evaluation of Science Teachers’ Knowledge towards Mumps Disease in Primary Schools
Keywords:Evaluation, Science Teachers, Knowledge, Mumps, Primary Schools.
A descriptive study has been used the evaluating science teachers’ knowledge towards mumps disease
in primary schools. A probability (simple random sample) the sample consisted of 60 science teachers
from 60 primary schools in Holy Kerbala city, during the period of January 2018 to the end of June 2019.
The questionnaire involved two-part: the first, demographic data of teachers such as age, gender, and
specialization, level of education, years of employment, participation in training course or workshop toward
communicable diseases and second part, concerning teachers’ knowledge about mumps in primary schools
were comprised of (36) items divided to (6) items related to knowledge about anatomy and physiological of
salivary glands, general knowledge about mumps (5) items, knowledge about signs and symptoms of mumps
disease (7) items, knowledge about diagnosis and complications of mumps disease (6) items, knowledge
about mode of transmission for mumps infection (6) items, knowledge about prevention and treatment
of mumps disease. The data was collected by a questionnaire which consisted of two parts, the first part
consists socio-demographic data, second part was about the knowledge of mumps disease which consist
of (36) items scale of knowledge about mumps disease. In the present study, data were analyzed through
the use of statistical package for social sciences (SPSS), version 24. The finding of the study indicated that
most of the teachers who participated in the study were female, most of them graduated from institutes and
they have an extremely low level of knowledge toward mumps ranges between poor and fair. The study
recommends encouraging teachers’ participation in the health education program, especially programs that
deal with communicable diseases because the risk of spread these diseases among the school community.