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Developing trainee school teachers' expertise as health promoters

Developing trainee school teachers' expertise as health promoters
Developing trainee school teachers' expertise as health promoters
Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to report the outcome of an education and public health collaboration investigating the impact of adapted training to enhance teachers' potential role to promote child health and wellbeing.

Design/methodology/approach: the study was conducted in three phases: a survey of the health education content in universities in initial teacher training courses; a longitudinal survey at the commencement and completion of courses to capture trainees' knowledge, skills and attitudes towards health and their role in health promotion; and mapping curriculum content against qualified teacher standards and public health competencies.

Findings: training about health varies largely between institutions. Trainees' knowledge levels remained low after training; ranked importance of key health topics – nutrition, alcohol, smoking, – decreased significantly; a majority thought that teachers and schools play an important role in health promotion, but significant increases were also noted in the minority who thought health promotion is not part of their remit (Phase 2).

Originality/value: to the best of one's knowledge, similar work has not so far been reported. While teachers are in a prime position to influence child health, trainees require knowledge and skills to realise their public health potential


health education, public health, schools, teachers, united kingdom
0965-4283
490-507
Speller, Viv
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Almond, Palo
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Mohebati, Lisa
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Norman, Melanie
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Polack, Sarah
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Memon, Anjum
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Grace, Marcus
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Margetts, B.M.
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Roderick, Paul
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Speller, Viv
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Norman, Melanie
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Polack, Sarah
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Memon, Anjum
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Grace, Marcus
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Speller, Viv, Byrne, Jenny, Dewhirst, Sue, Almond, Palo, Mohebati, Lisa, Norman, Melanie, Polack, Sarah, Memon, Anjum, Grace, Marcus, Margetts, B.M. and Roderick, Paul (2010) Developing trainee school teachers' expertise as health promoters. Health Education, 110 (6), 490-507. (doi:10.1108/09654281011087288).

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Abstract

Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to report the outcome of an education and public health collaboration investigating the impact of adapted training to enhance teachers' potential role to promote child health and wellbeing.

Design/methodology/approach: the study was conducted in three phases: a survey of the health education content in universities in initial teacher training courses; a longitudinal survey at the commencement and completion of courses to capture trainees' knowledge, skills and attitudes towards health and their role in health promotion; and mapping curriculum content against qualified teacher standards and public health competencies.

Findings: training about health varies largely between institutions. Trainees' knowledge levels remained low after training; ranked importance of key health topics – nutrition, alcohol, smoking, – decreased significantly; a majority thought that teachers and schools play an important role in health promotion, but significant increases were also noted in the minority who thought health promotion is not part of their remit (Phase 2).

Originality/value: to the best of one's knowledge, similar work has not so far been reported. While teachers are in a prime position to influence child health, trainees require knowledge and skills to realise their public health potential


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Published date: October 2010
Keywords: health education, public health, schools, teachers, united kingdom
Organisations: Mathematics and Science Education, Community Clinical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 166777
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/166777
ISSN: 0965-4283
PURE UUID: b27eb5b3-5991-476b-a29d-8c90209f27f0
ORCID for Jenny Byrne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6969-5539
ORCID for Marcus Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765
ORCID for Paul Roderick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-6850

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Date deposited: 03 Nov 2010 15:16
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 03:06

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Author: Viv Speller
Author: Jenny Byrne ORCID iD
Author: Sue Dewhirst
Author: Palo Almond
Author: Lisa Mohebati
Author: Melanie Norman
Author: Sarah Polack
Author: Anjum Memon
Author: Marcus Grace ORCID iD
Author: B.M. Margetts
Author: Paul Roderick ORCID iD

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