Facilitating and Measuring Health Promotion in the Learning Environment –Student Engagement and Inclusion in School


Over the last years, surveys in Norway have shown an increase in mental health problems and socio-emotional challenges among youths. To deal with these challenges, health promoting programmes have been implemented, among others a project called SAMM -A systematic approach to mastering life – the five-step motivation method. This study presents findings from a secondary school, where the SAMM-approach has been applied in student council work to increase student participation. The student representatives have led processes in their classes to create an inclusive learning environment by asking the following five questions: 1) What is important for us as a group to be okay in school? 2) What are we as a group good at? 3) Is something difficult for us as a group? 4) What do we need to focus on? and 5) How can we work with this? To investigate whether the students experience the learning environment to be health promoting, a questionnaire has been developed based on Antonovksy’s health promoting theory. Preliminary findings (n=267) reveal that the majority report giving (76 %) and receiving (79 %) trust, showing (97 %) and being shown (81 %) respect, and giving (93 %) and receiving (72 %) acknowledgement, in the learning environment. Other important aspects of health promotion are mastery and participation, and only 62 % report mastering exercises in school and 42 % that they get to participate in decision-making. In order to create a health promoting learning environment, it seems like changes are needed beyond what students themselves can change.

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May Olaug Horverak, Birkenes Learning Centre, Norway
Gerd Martina Langeland, Lillesand Upper Secondary School, Norway

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Conference: PCE2023
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education

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To cite this article:
Horverak M., & Langeland G. (2023) Facilitating and Measuring Health Promotion in the Learning Environment –Student Engagement and Inclusion in School ISSN: 2758-0962 The Paris Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2023.7
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2023.7

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