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The European Network of Health-Promoting Schools aims to promote health in the school community by supporting development of health education programs, introducing new teaching methods, presenting applicable action models, and increasing collaboration between schools and the community. This article describes and evaluates the functioning of the network in Finnish schools through conclusions drawn from an interview of teachers. Two themes are explored: cooperation and interaction in the school community, and the process of planning the health education curriculum. The article begins by describing the elements of the network's program, including within-school programs, cooperation between school and local authorities, involvement of the community, changes in health policies, and the role of the media. The article then presents conclusions from the teacher interviews. In the area of cooperation and interaction, topics such as changes in personal relationships, common activities, parental involvement, and external partnerships are discussed. In the area of health education curriculum, issues discussed include the portion of the curriculum allocated to health education, the involvement of students, its integration into other subjects, and the role of the teacher. The article concludes that the network's program has contributed to a more systematic, and therefore more effective, approach to health education. (EV)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Health Programs, Health Promotion, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, Teacher Attitudes

Author: Tossavainen, Kerttu; And Others


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