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Practices and representations of health education among primary school teachers

Abstract : Aims: School is one of the key settings for health education (HE). The objectives of this study are to assess primary school teachers’ self-reported teaching practices in HE and to describe their representation concerning their role in HE. Methods: A quantitative study was conducted on a sample of primary school teachers (n = 626) in two French regions in order to analyze their practices and representations in HE. A hierarchical clustering dendogram was performed on questions exploring representations of HE. Multiple linear regression analysis helped explain the motivation and self-perceived competency score. Results: Three quarters of the teachers declare they work in HE. Only one third of them declare they work in a comprehensive HE perspective. The HE approach is often considered in terms of specific unique curriculum intervention. Two thirds of the teachers say they work alone in HE, the other third associate other partners and choose mainly school health services. Parents are rarely (12%) involved in HE initiatives. It is essentially the practice of HE, teacher training and teachers’ representation of HE that condition their motivation to develop HE. Conclusions: Teachers can take different approaches to HE. Teachers’ representation of HE plays an important role in the development of HE activities: some teachers consider that HE is the mission of the health professionals and the parents. Our expectations of teacher involvement should be realistic, should take into account the representations of their role, the difficulties they encounter, and should be sustained by specific training.
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Didier Jourdan, Jeanine Pommier, Frédérique Quidu. Practices and representations of health education among primary school teachers. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, SAGE Publications, 2010, 38 (1), pp.86-94. ⟨hal-01083635⟩



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