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HealthLit4Kids: Dilemmas associated with student health literacy development in the primary school setting


Nash, R and Cruickshank, V and Pill, S and MacDonald, A and Coleman, C and Elmer, S, HealthLit4Kids: Dilemmas associated with student health literacy development in the primary school setting, Health Education Journal, 80, (2) pp. 173-186. ISSN 0017-8969 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0017896920961423


Objective: To ascertain teachersí articulation and experiences of navigating dilemmas that inhibit and/or enable the fostering of health literacy in primary school settings.

Design: Qualitative analysis of teachersí written reflections on introducing health literacy into their school and classroom.

Setting: Tasmania, Australia.

Method: Eighty-four teachers in five primary schools participated in the HealthLit4Kids programme. Teacher reflections were collected at the conclusion of the first year of the programme and assessed using Windschitlís Dilemmas to identify recurrent themes raised by the conceptual, pedagogic, cultural and political dilemmas teachers faced.

Results: Key dilemmas faced by teachers concerned the development of a whole-of-school approach, student engagement and professional development.

Conclusion: Internationally few health literacy programmes for primary schools exist. The theory developed from the themes identified in this study will inform future health literacy programme design and implementation strategies. Purposeful consideration of each theme will guide their success, scalability and sustainability. Future research on the role of constructivist teaching styles in health literacy development in the school setting is urgently required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:HealthLit4Kids, health literacy, health education, schools, teacher reflection
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
UTAS Author:Coleman, C (Miss Crystal Coleman)
UTAS Author:Elmer, S (Dr Shandell Elmer)
ID Code:141195
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-10-02
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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