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An examination of health promoting schools in Ireland

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Show simple item record Moynihan, Sharon Jourdan, Didier Mannix McNamara, Patricia 2017-05-05T09:17:10Z 2017-05-05T09:17:10Z 2016
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: This paper reports the results of a national survey that examined the extent of implementation of health promoting schools (HPS) in Ireland. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative research design was adopted. A questionnaire was administered to all post primary schools in the country (n=704). Data were analysed with the support of the software packages, SPSS and MaxQDA. Findings: A response rate of 56% (n=394) was achieved. Over half of these schools (56%) self-identified as health promoting. Schools reported success in the areas of environment and curriculum and learning, however, partnerships and policy and planning required more attention. Some models of good practice emerged from the data but these were in the minority. Many schools, when asked to describe health promotion in their school, placed emphasis on physical health (diet and exercise) and curriculum predominately rather than the broader whole school conceptualisation. Only 35% of HPS schools had a team supporting HPS developments. Only 36% identified the existence of a school policy to support HPS. This suggests that further coherence for sustained and comprehensive implementation of HPS is necessary. Research limitations: The research was conducted with school staff, in the first instance who self-reported their school’s level of HPS engagement. Originality/value: This paper offers the first national baseline data available in relation to engagement in HPS in Ireland. It provides a valuable starting point from which further research with schools in this field can be conducted. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited., en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Education;116 (1), pp. 16-33
dc.subject Curriculum, Health Promoting Schools, Policy, Partnership, School environment en_US
dc.subject curriculum en_US
dc.subject health promoting schools en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject partnerhsip en_US
dc.subject school environment en_US
dc.title An examination of health promoting schools in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2017-04-29T12:43:51Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/HE-03-2014-0045
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1622656
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Health Education
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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