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Initial teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools – a systematic review of effectiveness and barriers and facilitators

Initial teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools – a systematic review of effectiveness and barriers and facilitators
Initial teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools – a systematic review of effectiveness and barriers and facilitators
Objectives: to conduct a systematic review of effectiveness, and barriers and facilitators, of initial teacher training to promote health and wellbeing in schools.

Design: systematic review of the literature

Method: a total of 20 bibliographic databases were searched, including Medline, Embase, and the Social Science Citation Index. Studies were included if they reported research into the processes and/or outcomes of initial (pre?service) teacher training to promote health.

Results: a total of 20 studies met the inclusion criteria, mainly from the UK and Australia. Twelve studies assessed outcomes, commonly using uncontrolled before and after assessment designs. Sixteen studies evaluated the processes of training. Training was diverse in terms of content, format and health topics. The studies demonstrated short?term increases in trainee teachers’ factual knowledge of health issues, a general increase in teachers’ confidence to teach about health and to identify and help children with specific health issues. There was an increase in teachers’ positive beliefs about their role in promoting children’s health. None of the studies assessed changes in pupil outcomes. The training was generally considered acceptable and adequate by trainee teachers. However, some of trainees felt that they still lacked knowledge and confidence to address sensitive health issues on entering teaching practice.

Conclusion: this systematic review identified some evidence for the effectiveness of teacher training for health, and highlighted factors which facilitate and inhibit effective training. Further evaluation, using controlled trial designs with long?term follow?up of teacher and pupil outcomes, may enable teachers to effectively address the health and education needs of school pupils

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Shepherd, J., Pickett, K., Dewhirst, S., Byrne, J., Speller, V., Grace, M., Almond, P. and Roderick, P. (2016) Initial teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools – a systematic review of effectiveness and barriers and facilitators. Health Education Journal, 75 (6), 721-735. (doi:10.1177/0017896915614333).

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Abstract

Objectives: to conduct a systematic review of effectiveness, and barriers and facilitators, of initial teacher training to promote health and wellbeing in schools.

Design: systematic review of the literature

Method: a total of 20 bibliographic databases were searched, including Medline, Embase, and the Social Science Citation Index. Studies were included if they reported research into the processes and/or outcomes of initial (pre?service) teacher training to promote health.

Results: a total of 20 studies met the inclusion criteria, mainly from the UK and Australia. Twelve studies assessed outcomes, commonly using uncontrolled before and after assessment designs. Sixteen studies evaluated the processes of training. Training was diverse in terms of content, format and health topics. The studies demonstrated short?term increases in trainee teachers’ factual knowledge of health issues, a general increase in teachers’ confidence to teach about health and to identify and help children with specific health issues. There was an increase in teachers’ positive beliefs about their role in promoting children’s health. None of the studies assessed changes in pupil outcomes. The training was generally considered acceptable and adequate by trainee teachers. However, some of trainees felt that they still lacked knowledge and confidence to address sensitive health issues on entering teaching practice.

Conclusion: this systematic review identified some evidence for the effectiveness of teacher training for health, and highlighted factors which facilitate and inhibit effective training. Further evaluation, using controlled trial designs with long?term follow?up of teacher and pupil outcomes, may enable teachers to effectively address the health and education needs of school pupils

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 September 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 28 December 2015
Published date: 1 October 2016
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 384312
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384312
ISSN: 0017-8969
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ORCID for J. Shepherd: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1682-4330
ORCID for K. Pickett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8631-6465
ORCID for J. Byrne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6969-5539
ORCID for M. Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765
ORCID for P. Roderick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-6850

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Date deposited: 11 Dec 2015 10:22
Last modified: 21 Nov 2021 02:55

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Author: J. Shepherd ORCID iD
Author: K. Pickett ORCID iD
Author: S. Dewhirst
Author: J. Byrne ORCID iD
Author: V. Speller
Author: M. Grace ORCID iD
Author: P. Almond
Author: P. Roderick ORCID iD

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