School leaders’ reflections on their school’s engagement in a program to foster health literacy development

Rosie Nash, Claire Otten, Shane Pill, John Williams, Casey Mainsbridge, Vaughan Cruickshank, Shandell Elmer

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Abstract

Many health attitudes and behaviors formed during childhood are sustained through to adulthood, therefore childhood is a critical time to develop health literacy. Primary schools provide an ideal environment to equip children with lifelong health skills, understanding and knowledge. Through semi-structured interviews, this study gathered primary school leaders’ reflections on the implementation of a program (HealthLit4Kids) designed to foster health literacy development in their schools. The aim of this study was to determine how school leaders experienced the HealthLit4Kids intervention. The results showed that leaders perceived the program had a positive effect on health literacy knowledge and understanding within the school community, as well as improved health behaviors. School leaders’ statements indicated that key barriers such as parental engagement and an overcrowded curriculum would need to be navigated to ensure successful program sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100089
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research Open
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Health literacy
  • Principals
  • school leaders
  • programs
  • Primary
  • School
  • Teachers

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