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Teachers' perceptions of health education practice in Northern Ireland: reported differences between policy and non-policy holding schools

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Adamson, Gary, McAleavy, G, Donegan, T and Shevlin, M (2006) Teachers' perceptions of health education practice in Northern Ireland: reported differences between policy and non-policy holding schools. HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 21 (2). pp. 113-120. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dal008

Abstract

It is generally accepted that schools should devote resources to developing and disseminating a health education policy, yet there is little empirical evidence to establish the value of policy in this context. This study examined teachers' perceptions of health education practice in policy and non-policy holding schools. A questionnaire measuring aspects of health education practice was issued to a random sample of schools. This consisted of 276 primary and 119 post-primary schools. In this cross-sectional study, significant differences in teachers' evaluations were found between policy and non-policy holding schools. It was evident that the presence of a health education policy was associated with higher ratings of health education practice. This evidence suggests that policy has intrinsic value in terms of health education practice. The development and dissemination of policy documents were also examined to assess the workload involved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:1520
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:09
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 16:43

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