Promoting school connectedness through whole school approaches

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Title Promoting school connectedness through whole school approaches
Author Rowe, Fiona Nicole; Stewart, Donald Edwin; Patterson, Carla
Journal Name Health Education
Editor Donald Stewart
Year Published 2007
Place of publication England
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose: This paper develops a framework to demonstrate the contribution of the health promoting school approach to the promotion of school connectedness, defined as the cohesiveness between diverse groups in the school community, including students, families, school staff and the wider community. Design/methodology/approach: A cross-disciplinary review of literature was conducted to identify strategies consistent with a comprehensive school approach and the values and principles that promote school connectedness. A framework of the contribution of the health promoting school approach to promoting school connectedness was developed drawing on health promotion strategies at the broader community level known to foster connectedness. Findings: The framework developed illustrates how the health promoting school approach has the potential to build school connectedness through two major mechanisms: 1) inclusive processes that involve the diversity of members that make up a community; the active participation of community members and equal 'power' relationships, or equal partnerships among community members; and 2) supportive structures such as school policies, the way the school is organised and its physical environment, that reflect the values of participation, democracy and inclusiveness and/or that promote processes based on these values. Practical Implications: The detailed mechanisms outlined in the framework provide practical strategies for health promotion practitioners and educators to use in the everyday school setting to promote school connectedness. Originality/value - This framework draws together substantial bodies of evidence and makes a persuasive case for the contribution of the health promoting school approach to building school connectedness. Keywords: health promoting school, connectedness, health promotion Paper type: conceptual paper
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 107
Issue Number 6
Page from 524
Page to 542
ISSN 0965-4283
Date Accessioned 2008-02-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health Promotion
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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