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Attitude of School Principals Towards Health Education Activities

Author(s): Vida Gudžinskienė
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas Švietimo akademija
Keywords: school principals; attitude; health education activity.

Summary/Abstract: Importance. Though health activities in schools are not considered to be a priority area in education, the attitude of school principles towards them are of importance and may condition an increase in health education efficiency. Research problem. Health education program has been implemented in lithuanian schools of general education since 1992; however, this has not resulted in any considerable positive changes in school learners' health factors and lifestyle. Every school has an opportunity to choose realization ways of health education program. In many cases this choice is determined not only by teachers' competence in health education field but also by opinion of school managers. The objective of the research was to identify attitude of school managers regarding health education activities. The survey was conducted at teacher professional development centre during seminars for school managers in january-march 2007. The empirical method was selected for investigation. The questionnaire forms consisted of 17 questions: 2 open questions and 15 closed questions, and were completed during the seminars and sent by e-mail. The research was conducted all over lithuania. The sampling of the research comprised 152 respondents: 92 school principles and 60 deputy principals. The attitude towards health education activity of many principals is more positive than negative. Considering the opinion of school heads, it is necessary to change it, i.e. To pay more attention to health education. Health education programs should be integrated into all the teaching subjects in order to increase all the teachers' responsibility for education of school learners' health and healthy lifestyle skills and habits. According to the respondents in the survey, the amount of fruit and vegetables in the canteens of the majority Lithuanian schools is sufficient, however, the main concern expressed was about selling carbonized soda-drinks, chips, etc. In schools. On the basis of the conducted research it can be concluded that the main precondition for successful health education is the establishment of the unified system at school, where health education is of importance, and to base this system on individualization and cooperation of learners, parents and teachers.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 88
  • Page Range: 36-42
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Lithuanian