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ERIC Number: EJ856945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand