08 SES 04 B, Integrating Health and Sexuality Education in the Curriculum
This presentation discusses the possibilities and limitations of integrating health education on physical activity into the math curriculum of primary school.
During the last decades much attention has been made, both in politics and in research, to promote healthy lifestyles in children and young people through school health promotion (Barnekow et al., 2006). However, in novel research on Danish schools Nordin (2013) concludes that schools rarely apply health promoting activities beyond physical education lessons and home economics. This does not apply with the health educational goal to provide pupils with the opportunity to acquire information and skills needed to make quality health decisions. This broader notion of health education is also part of the Danish curriculum, but have not been assigned time in the schedule. It must therefore be integrated into the teaching on other subjects. Tones (2005) underlines the pertinent need for school health promotion to be in line with the curriculum as the curriculum represent the whole school experience and alliances with community and society.. This point to a need to study how health education can be integrated into the school curriculum. According to Zeyer (2012), very little research have been made on integrating science and health education, however, he points to several possible educational gains by doing so.
This presentation presents the findings from an educational intervention with the aim to integrate health education on physical activity with teaching about statistics in math. The presentation will focus on how the teachers in the intervention dealt with the integration of the two subjects. It will be discussed how this affected pupils participation and learning processes. Conclusively, possibilities and limitations of integrating health education into the existing curriculum in primary schools will be discussed, and consequences for future health promotion identified.
Barnekow, V., Buijs, G., Clift, S., Jensen, B.B., Paulus, P., Rivett, D. & Young, I. (2006). Health-promoting schools: A resource for developing indicators. Copenhagen: WHO/Europe Bruselius-Jensen et al. (Submitted). Pedometers and participatory school-based health education, Journal of Health Education Tones, Keith (2005): Health Promotion in Schools: The Radical Imperative, In; Clift, Stephen and Jensen, Bjarne Bruun (Ed.)(2006) The Health Promoting School: International advances in Theory, Evaluation and Practice, Danish University of Education Press, Copenhagen. Pp. 23-41 Nordin, Lone Lindegard (2013). Fra politik til praksis: Implementering af kommunale sundhedsfremmeprojekter med fokus på kost og fysisk aktivitet fra et lærerperspektiv. [From politics to practice: Implementing municipal health promotion projects with a focus on diet and physical activity from a teacher perspective], disertation, Århus University Zeyer, A. (2012). A win-win situation for health and science education: Seeing through the lens of a new framework model of health literacy. In A. Zeyer & R. Kyburz-Graber (Eds.), Science|Environment|Health. Towards a renewed pedagogy for science education. Dordrecht: Springer. Pp. 147-175
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