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ERIC Number: EJ939525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Theoretical and Empirical Base for Implementation Components of Health-Promoting Schools
Samdal, Oddrun; Rowling, Louise
Health Education, v111 n5 p367-390 2011
Purpose: Efforts to create a scientific base for the health-promoting school approach have so far not articulated a clear "Science of Delivery". There is thus a need for systematic identification of clearly operationalised implementation components. To address a next step in the refinement of the health-promoting schools' work, this paper sets out to delineate implementation components of health-promoting schools and to identify their mechanisms. Design/methodology/approach: The implementation components were identified through a narrative synthesis of documents describing implementation of health-promoting school approaches. Studies were included if they were published between 1995 and June 2010 and could be identified in publicly accessible peer-reviewed articles and grey literature, published in English. Eight sources were extracted, representing reports from all continents with the exception of Africa. Findings: Eight components were identified: preparing and planning for school development; policy and institutional anchoring; professional development and learning; leadership and management practices; relational and organisational support context; student participation; partnerships and networking; and sustainability. Practical implications: The components provide a practical tool/guide for schools to use in the implementation of health-promoting schools. In a parallel paper theoretically and empirically based practice guidelines for the actual implementation of the components are articulated ("Filling the black box of implementation for health-promoting schools", this issue). Originality/value: The identification of specified theory-driven implementation components for health-promoting schools aims will help practitioners to understand the function of each component, so they can execute them with fidelity and thus contribute to rigorous implementation of the health-promoting school initiative. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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