ERIC Number: EJ856945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Dosing up on Food and Physical Activity: New Zealand Children's Ideas about "Health"
Burrows, Lisette; Wright, Jan; McCormack, Jaleh
Health Education Journal, v68 n3 p157-169 2009
Objective: To investigate New Zealand children's understandings of "health". Design: Secondary analysis of student responses to a task called "Being Healthy" in New Zealand's National Education Monitoring Project. Setting: Year 4 (8-9 year-old) and Year 8 (12-13 year-old) students who took part in New Zealand's National Education Monitoring for Health and Physical Education in 2002. Method: Coding of student responses using NVivo qualitative analysis package. Results: Students reiterated messages widely promulgated in popular and professional mediums. Students predominantly conceived of health as a corporeal matter, citing eating, exercise and hygiene practices as the most important health promoting behaviours. Conclusion: Students could usefully be encouraged to adopt socially critical understandings of what health might entail and broader, more holistic conceptualizations of health beyond matters of the "body" alone.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Foreign Countries, Physical Activity Level, Eating Habits, Health Behavior, Children, Grade 4, Grade 8, Early Adolescents, Student Attitudes, Hygiene, Health Promotion, Child Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychomotor Skills, Environmental Influences, Dietetics, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand