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Health promotion in schools: evaluation of an in-service teacher training program using a mixed method design.

Abstract : Schools’ contribution to students’ health and well-being have been increasingly recognized. Nevertheless, the development of suitable evaluation methods for health promotion (HP) in schools remains a central question. Our presentation will describe the methodological approach and discuss the interest of mixed methods (MM) designs in the evaluation of the impact of HP in the school setting.We will take the example of the French HP program “Apprendre à mieux vivre ensemble”. The aim of the program is to give teachers the means to integrate HP approaches in their everyday practices at the class level as well as at the school and community level. It is implemented in 160 schools in 10 French regions. In each of these regions, a ‘resource team’ including faculty, pedagogical advisers and members of HP services and of local HP NGOs, was trained to the program. This team delivers the different modules of the program and also offers support for the elaboration of HP projects in schools.The evaluation is based on a MM approach, which is the combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches (Creswell and Plano Clark, 2007). Its objective is to determine the impact of teacher training on teachers’ practices in HP and on children’s well-being at school. It uses an embedded design based primarily on quantitative data where the qualitative data set provides a supportive role. A quantitative approach is used to measure the influence of training and support on teachers’ (as individuals) and schools’ practices (collective work and partnerships) and on the impact of the program on children and parents. Teachers’ and schools’ practices are further explored through an open ended process.
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Marie-Renée Guével, Didier Jourdan, Dominique Berger, Jeanine Pommier. Health promotion in schools: evaluation of an in-service teacher training program using a mixed method design.. Better Schools through Health: 3rd European Conference on Health Promoting Schools, SHE, Jun 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania. ⟨hal-01084413⟩



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