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Municipalities’ Practices concerning Health and Sustainability Related to School

The working paper nr 3/2014 “Municipalities’ Practices concerning Health and Sustainability Related to School” has been published. It presents the findings from a nation-wide survey in all 98 municipalities in Denmark exploring the priorities, policies and practices in the educational departments of municipalities, related to health promotion/education and education for sustainability in schools.

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International policies and national action plans for health promotion and education for sustainable development in ground school in Denmark: transformations and translations

Katrine Dahl Madsen, Lone Lindegaard Nordin and Venka Simovska: International policies and national action plans for health promotion and education for sustainable development in ground school in Denmark: transformations and translations

The WORKING PAPER NR 2/2013 within the centre has been published. It is resulting from the on-going work on mapping and analyzing key documents that shape the work of the schools with health education, health promotion, and education for sustainable development in Denmark.  Following the research focus of the centre, the aim of this part of the analysis is twofold:

  • To analyze the ways in which health promotion and education for sustainable development are addressed and conceptualized in the key documents influencing the school work within these two areas. Specific emphasis in the analysis is placed on the central educational questions concerning aims; pedagogical strategies, competences and contexts.
  • To unpack the transformation processes that take place on the trajectory from international to national policy discourses.

You can download the report HERE (in Danish)

Kampen mod den ulige sundhed

interview with Venka Simovska, the centre leader, Asterisk June 2013.

Read the interview (in Danish)

From Policy to Practice

Implementation of local health promotion interventions with focus on healthy eating and physical activity – teachers’ perspectives

PhD dissertation
Lone Lindegaard Nordin

The thesis seeks to contribute to knowledge of teachers ´approaches to the implementation of local authority health promotion projects in schools with regard to both local government objectives and the basic principles of critical health education.

The research is conducted as a multiple case study, and the theoretical analysis of teachers statements is based on critical health education as well as Lipskys´ teori on street-level bureaucracy.

The study demonstrates a “gap” between policy and practice: both in terms of local government objectives and of the basic principles of critical health education.

Read the thesis here (in Danish).

Concepts of children's and young people's participation, competence and competence development

The project Concepts of children´s and young people´s participation, competence and competence development - An interdisciplinary meta-study of scientific and political theories and discourses has been finalised. It was a study conducted and financed by the Research Centre for Child and Youth Competence Development at Lillehammer University Collage in collaboration with researchers from the pilot centre Research on schools for health and sustainability, part of the Research Programme for Environmental and Health Education, Department of Education at Aarhus University (DPU) (now Research Programme: Learning for Care. Sustainability and Health).

Two reports were published.

  

The first report (in English) was a review of international research: Mapping and Reviewing Concepts of Children’s and Young Peoples’ Competence, Participation and Competence Development (2012).

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The second (in Danish) was a mapping of Norwegian and Danish policy documents concerning the same subject, titled: En kortlægning af begreber om børns og unges deltagelse, kompetence og kompetenceudvikling i norske og danske policy-dokumenter. Fra velfærdspolitiske problemstillinger til administrative forskrifter (2013).

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Moreover, two seminars were held at Lillehammer University College where the results from each report were presented.