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Research on student health work in practice

News: Oct 02, 2015

Eva Hjörne, Professor of Education and project leader for the Student Health Work in Practice – preventive measures and creating the preconditions for proper care and correct support project, was recently awarded a grant of SEK 2.5 million over the period of 2016–2018 from Forte - the Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Well-Being.

What is the purpose of the project?
“The purpose of the proposed project is to study the school’s work with student health and the services that it provides in practice. In this project, we will examine the changes that have occurred since the new Education Act was implemented in 2011 and how these have become part of the everyday student health work in schools.”

What will you be studying?
“We will study the discussion and response culture that has developed within the framework of student health meetings. More specifically, the project will shed light on the following questions: What models for prevention of ill health and the promotion of good health have evolved, and for which professions? How does the student health team work and function, and how do the various different professionals work together in cooperation to achieve proper care and good support for children? In what way does the young person’s perspective and rationality come to be expressed in these meetings?”

Why is it important to study this?
“Studies have shown that there is a clear correlation between academic performance and health, where good performance leads to better health and the corollary of this, that good health leads to better school performance. Within the framework of the school, student health services, which consist of various professions, play a critical role in the children’s well-being and life chances via their responsibility to work preventively for good health on equal terms for all children and young people.”

Don’t we already know how student health functions?
“No, not really. There is research that has been conducted before the inception of the newly amended Swedish Education Act. This is something that Roger Säljö and I have conducted extensive studies on. But to my knowledge, there is no research that has studied student health work after the Education Act’s implementation in 2011, where radical changes concerning preventive work were prescribed.”

More information: eva.hjorne@ped.gu.se, tel: +46 31-786 2474


Originally published on: uf.gu.se

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