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School leaders reflections on their schoolís engagement in a program to foster health literacy development


Nash, R and Otten, C and Pill, S and Williams, J and Mainsbridge, C and Cruickshank, V and Elmer, S, School leaders reflections on their school's engagement in a program to foster health literacy development, International Journal of Educational Research Open, 2-2 Article 100089. ISSN 2666-3740 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijedro.2021.100089


Many health attitudes and behaviors formed during childhood are sustained through to adulthood, therefore childhood is a critical time to develop health literacy. Primary schools provide an ideal environment to equip children with lifelong health skills, understanding and knowledge. Through semi-structured interviews, this study gathered primary school leadersí reflections on the implementation of a program (HealthLit4Kids) designed to foster health literacy development in their schools. The aim of this study was to determine how school leaders experienced the HealthLit4Kids intervention. The results showed that leaders perceived the program had a positive effect on health literacy knowledge and understanding within the school community, as well as improved health behaviors. School leadersí statements indicated that key barriers such as parental engagement and an overcrowded curriculum would need to be navigated to ensure successful program sustainability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:school principals, leaders, HealthLit4Kids, health literacy, health education, primary
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:Otten, C (Miss Claire Otten)
UTAS Author:Mainsbridge, C (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:Elmer, S (Associate Professor Shandell Elmer)
ID Code:147914
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-11-23
Last Modified:2021-12-09
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