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ERIC Number: ED506102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 120
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-6475-1
Wellness Curricula to Improve the Health of Children and Youth: A Review and Synthesis of Related Literature
Bates, Heidi; Eccles, Karena
Alberta Education
Alberta Education is currently considering options for enhancing health and learning outcomes of students and is exploring opportunities to develop new wellness-related curriculum. This literature review is a component of this exploratory process that will inform curriculum development and was undertaken to: (1) provide a comprehensive review of literature related to wellness and wellness-related definitions; (2) identify two to three recommended definitions for wellness for Alberta schools in the context of Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs of study; (3) offer a comprehensive description of wellness and wellness-related curricula that have been implemented in Canada and other countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, with a particular focus on high school wellness and wellness-related programs; and (4) provide recommendations and conclusions regarding wellness programs of study that will inform future curriculum development and implementation strategies. A progressive development design methodology was employed in the development of this review, which involved a comprehensive analysis of published, peer-reviewed research literature focused on the health of children and youth and health promotion in schools, as well as informant interviews with specialists working in these areas. Five appendices are included: (1) Wellness Definitions; (2) Wellness-related Curricula (Canada); (3) Non-mandated Supports for Health and Physical Education in Schools; (4) Wellness-related Curricula (International); and (5) Graduation Requirements - Wellness-related Curricula. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada