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School leaders reflections on their school’s engagement in a program to foster health literacy development

Nash, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887, Otten, C, Pill, S, Williams, J, Mainsbridge, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4600-2058, Cruickshank, V ORCID: 0000-0002-9766-6807 and Elmer, S ORCID: 0000-0001-9757-9976 2021 , 'School leaders reflections on their school’s engagement in a program to foster health literacy development' , International Journal of Educational Research Open, vol. 2-2 , pp. 1-9 , doi:

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Many health attitudes and behaviors formed during childhood are sustained through to adulthood, thereforechildhood is a critical time to develop health literacy. Primary schools provide an ideal environment to equipchildren with lifelong health skills, understanding and knowledge. Through semi-structured interviews, this studygathered primary school leaders’ reflections on the implementation of a program (HealthLit4Kids) designed tofoster health literacy development in their schools. The aim of this study was to determine how school leadersexperienced the HealthLit4Kids intervention. The results showed that leaders perceived the program had a positive effect on health literacy knowledge and understanding within the school community, as well as improvedhealth behaviors. School leaders’ statements indicated that key barriers such as parental engagement and anovercrowded curriculum would need to be navigated to ensure successful program sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, R and Otten, C and Pill, S and Williams, J and Mainsbridge, C and Cruickshank, V and Elmer, S
Keywords: school principals, leaders, HealthLit4Kids, health literacy, health education, primary
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Educational Research Open
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 2666-3740
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