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ERIC Number: EJ961520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Process Evaluation of an Elementary School Health Learning Intervention in Finland
Sormunen, Marjorita; Saaranen, Terhi; Tossavainen, Kerttu; Turunen, Hannele
Health Education, v112 n3 p272-291 2012
Purpose: This paper aims to present the process evaluation for a two-year (2008-2010) participatory action research project focusing on home-school partnership in health learning, undertaken within the Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) in Eastern Finland. Design/methodology/approach: Two intervention schools and two control schools (grade 5 pupils, parents, and selected school personnel) participated in a study. Process evaluation data were collected from intervention schools after 10 months of participation, by interviewing two classroom teachers and three families. In addition, program documents and relevant statistics were collected from schools during the intervention. Findings: Teachers' opinions on the development process varied from more concrete expectations (School A teacher) to overall satisfaction to implementation (School B teacher). Parents believed that their children would benefit from the project later in life. The context and differences of the school environments were likely to affect the development process at the school level. Research limitations/implications: This paper demonstrates a process evaluation in two schools and, therefore, limits the generalizability of the findings. Practical implications: The process evaluation was an essential part of this intervention study and may provide a useful structure and an example for process evaluation for future school-based health intervention studies. Originality/value: This study highlights the importance of planning the process evaluation structure before the start of the intervention, brings out the relevance of systematically assessing the process while it is ongoing, and illustrates process evaluation in an action research project. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland