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ERIC Number: EJ812020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
This Is Your Future: A Case Study Approach to Foster Health Literacy
Brey, Rebecca A.; Clark, Susan E.; Wantz, Molly S.
Journal of School Health, v78 n6 p351-355 Jun 2008
Today's young people seem to live in an even faster fast-paced society than previous generations. As in the past, they are involved in sports, music, school, church, work, and are exposed to many forms of mass media that add to their base of information. However, they also have instant access to computer-generated information such as the Internet, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, and so forth. Family and friends also contribute to their base of information. Young people cannot be expected to automatically know how to sift through this abundance of information. Nor can they always determine what is good and bad for them. The ability to problem solve and think critically continues to be an essential skill necessary to identify and determine the best way to enhance one's health and well-being. This ability takes practice and experience. Practice is vital for skill development. This strategy, using case studies, was designed to help young people begin to develop a level of understanding about health literacy and to help them incorporate the components of health literacy, particularly critical thinking and problem solving into an action plan. This article provides a description of this teaching technique which may be used for grades 9 through 12 and also may be adapted for younger learners as well as adult learners. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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