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How Did Parents View the Impact of the Curriculum-Based HealthLit4Kids Program Beyond the Classroom?

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Nash, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887, Cruickshank, V ORCID: 0000-0002-9766-6807, Flittner, A, Mainsbridge, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4600-2058, Pill, S and Elmer, S ORCID: 0000-0001-9757-9976 2020 , 'How Did Parents View the Impact of the Curriculum-Based HealthLit4Kids Program Beyond the Classroom?' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 4 , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph17041449.

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Abstract

The HealthLit4Kids program aims to build health literacy in a participatory and contextuallyrelevant way. Whole-of-school and curriculum strategies aim to empower and build capacity to makeinformed health choices amongst students, teachers, parents, and their local community. The aimof this study was to evaluate the HealthLit4Kids program from the perspective of parents, usinga Self-Determination Theory framework. This is one component within a larger evaluation of theprogram. Parents at four Australian primary schools were interviewed post-program. Qualitativedata collected through parent interviews were analyzed thematically to identify themes, and codingchecks were completed by experienced qualitative researchers. The three key themes identified werestudent engagement, behaviour change, and parent engagement. Findings also indicated that parentsplaced a high value on effective communication from schools and raised a range of health areas suchas food and nutrition, physical activity, and mental health with the interviewer. Parent opinionsof the HealthLit4Kids program were positive, with many reporting a perceived increase in theirchildren’s ability to understand, communicate and act on health-related knowledge at home. TheHealthLit4Kids program requires further research to determine its viability as an optimal pedagogicalstrategy for the health literacy development of primary school-aged children.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, R and Cruickshank, V and Flittner, A and Mainsbridge, C and Pill, S and Elmer, S
Keywords: HealthLit4Kids, health literacy, parent perceptions, curriculum, health education
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph17041449
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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