Materials for teachers: learning about health and health promotion in schools

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  • Leena Paakkari, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Finland
  • Venka Simovska
  • Ulla Pedersen, University College South Denmark , Denmark
  • Anette Schulz, University College South Denmark
Schools reach most school-aged children, therefore they
are important settings for the promotion of students’ health
and wellbeing as well as being pertinent to the delivery of
health-related learning. Taking a whole school and healthy
settings approach, they support students’ empowerment
and participation to “actively use and shape the environment
and thus create or solve problems relating to health” (WHO
Health Promotion Glossary 1998).
The aim of this material for teachers is to:
introduce key pillars and concepts for health promoting schools; describe
health literacy and action competence as outcomes of school health
education; highlight the importance of student participation to promote core
values of (Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) and health promoting school;
give examples for teaching activities that support learning of concepts and
topics mentioned above, but also opportunities for students to participate
in developing the school environment in a more health promoting direction.
The material is divided into three sections: (i) Key selected concepts, (ii)
Participatory processes and learning outcomes, and (iii) Examples of teaching
activities. The material is developed to help teachers and other educators
foster learning of “knowledge and skills which enables students to build
competencies and take action related to health, well-being and educational
attainment” (SHE)
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSchools for Health in Europe Network Foundation
Number of pages34
Commissioning bodySchools for Health in Europe Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • schools, health, Action Competence, teachers, teaching material, Health literacy

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