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Exploring Learning Outcomes of School-based Health Promotion: a multiple case study

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This paper discusses the findings from a multiple case study of a European health promotion project - ‘Shape Up – a school-community approach to influencing determinants of a healthy and balanced growing up’. The project sought to develop children’s capacity to critically explore and act to improve health related conditions in school and community. The aim of the study is to explore learning outcomes of the Shape Up project, defined as changes in pupils’ action competence. Further, the study addresses the interplay between the project’s methodology and contextual factors related to its implementation and its impact on learning outcomes. Case study research was conducted in five schools in different countries. Data was generated through document analysis, interviews and observations. A cross-case analysis was conducted, inspired by the Context-Mechanism-Outcome analytical framework proposed by Pawson and Tilley (1997). Changes related to pupil’s commitment, critical thinking and action-experience stand out as essential for the pupils developing sense of action competence. Two different implementation forms of the project’s methodological approach were identified across the five cases, both conducive to changes in pupil’s action competence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Education Research
Pages (from-to)437-447
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • Health education, Health promotion, Action competence, Outcomes, Case Study, Participation, Internationale komparative undersøgelser, Sundhedspædagogik, Forskningsmetode , Grundskole

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