THE CHALLENGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION: FINNISH STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HOW TO CHERISH HEALTH

TitleTHE CHALLENGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION: FINNISH STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HOW TO CHERISH HEALTH
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRask, M, Määttä, K, Uusiautti, S
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume51
Start Page91-103
Date PublishedMarch/2013
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 1040869
Keywordsgeneral upper secondary education, health education, matriculation examination
Abstract

Youngsters’ health is widely studied from various points of view but a holistic approach to health has been minimal. The purpose of this research was to study general upper secondary education students’ health knowledge and perceptions of health by analyzing their answers concerning the subject of health education in the general studies battery of tests in the Finnish matriculation examination. The sample of the research consisted of 611 essays that were the test answers in health education in 2007. The essays covered altogether eight questions about health education. 81 candidates for the spring 2007 matriculation examination and 60 candidates for the fall 2007 matriculation examination participated in this research; altogether 141 candidates. The research approach was phenomenological-hermeneutic. The data was analyzed through qualitative content analysis. According to the results, students recognized people’s responsibility for their own health. They disapproved especially those who consciously neglect their health. According to the findings, it seemed evident that health education as a subject should be further developed so that it supports youngsters’ health appreciation and ability to make health-promoting choices in life. This decade sets special challenges to health education in schools, and therefore, it is important to listen to the youth‘s opinions and perceptions of health in order to, for example, develop curriculum planning.

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