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Professional competences in school health promotion: between standards and professional practice

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The purpose of the study is to critically explore the formulations of competencies and standards in the European project “Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe”, and to discuss them in relation to school health promotion. The analysis shows that ‘a production logic’ and economic values are emphasized in the motivation of the project and in the knowledge base underpinning the competency-framework. The discussion of the responsiveness of the formulations in relation to school health promotion points out that there are matches between these formulations, and essential values and approaches in school health promotion. However, by underemphasizing the potential of education and learning, and reducing changes at individual and group level to behavioral change, the formulations of competencies and standards are not in concert with essential values and approaches in school health promotion, and the usefulness of the formulations impaired for professionals in this field. Issues related to the use of competency-based standards within the field of education, are addressed in a concluding discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchools for health and sustainability : theory, research and practice
EditorsVenka Simovska, Patricia Mannix McNamara
Number of pages19
Place of publicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Publication year2015
ISBN (print)9789401791700
ISBN (Electronic)9789401791717
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Sundhedspædagogik, Grundskole

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