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Dooris, Mark; Farrier, Alan; Powell, Susan; Holt, Maxine – Health Education, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report on an evaluation of the UK Healthy Universities Network (UKHUN), which explored engagement of network members; identified what members value about the network; examined facilitators and barriers to engagement; and informed the network's future development. Design/methodology/approach: The study was a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Systems Approach, Networks, Universities
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Murphy, Christina; Barry, Margaret M.; Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse – Health Education, 2018
Purpose: School-based programmes face a variety of personal, environmental and organisational challenges to implementation. Stakeholders can provide crucial contextual information to improve implementation. The purpose of this paper is to explore teachers' perspectives on implementation through a bottom-up participatory process.…
Descriptors: Health Education, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Barry, Margaret M.; Clarke, Aleisha Mary; Dowling, Katherine – Health Education, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical perspective on the international evidence on promoting young people's social and emotional well-being in schools. The challenges of integrating evidence-based interventions within schools are discussed and the need for innovative approaches to research and practice are considered in order…
Descriptors: Well Being, Social Development, Emotional Development, Case Studies
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Moynihan, Sharon; Jourdan, Didier; Mannix McNamara, Patricia – Health Education, 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report the results of a national survey that examined the extent of implementation of Health Promoting Schools (HPS) in Ireland. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative research design was adopted. A questionnaire was administered to all post-primary schools in the country (n = 704). Data were analysed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Health Promotion, Comprehensive School Health Education
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John-Akinola, Yetunde O.; Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic – Health Education, 2015
Purpose: Attention to improving the school environment is a common activity in school health promotion. The role of the school environment in supporting improved health and wellbeing has a theoretical base, but has rarely been directly investigated empirically. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the associations between school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Child Health, Well Being, Correlation
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Callaghan, Mary; Molcho, Michal; Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse; Kelly, Colette – Health Education, 2015
Purpose: Availability and access to food is a determinant of obesity. The purpose of this paper is to examine food availability within and outside of post-primary schools in Ireland. Design/methodology/approach: Data on the internal school food environment were collected from 63 post-primary schools using questionnaires. The external school food…
Descriptors: Food, Secondary Schools, Questionnaires, Educational Environment
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Mannix McNamara, Patricia; Moynihan, Sharon; Jourdan, Didier; Lynch, Raymond – Health Education, 2012
Purpose: National policy in Ireland states that all teachers are teachers of Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE). However national evaluations identify that all teachers do not subscribe to this view. This research aimed to examine the experiences and attitudes of undergraduate students towards teaching SPHE. Design/methodology/approach:…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Undergraduate Students, Teacher Education Curriculum, Health Education
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de Roiste, Aingeal; Kelly, Colette; Molcho, Michal; Gavin, Aoife; Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic – Health Education, 2012
Purpose: There is increasing recognition of children's abilities to speak for themselves. School democracy, as demonstrated by genuine participation, has the potential to benefit both teachers and students; leading to better relationships and improved learning experiences. The aim of this study is to investigate whether participation in schools in…
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Democracy, School Involvement, Academic Achievement
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Burke, Eimear; McCarthy, Bernard – Health Education, 2011
Purpose: Only limited published research is available exploring the lifestyle practices of student nurses. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of Irish student nurses. Design/methodology/approach: A descriptive survey design was used. First-year and third-year undergraduate student nurses (n=182)…
Descriptors: Nursing Students, Nursing Education, Undergraduate Students, Physical Activities
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Kelly, Colette; Clerkin, Pauline; Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic; Mulvihill, Maureen – Health Education, 2010
Purpose: Schools are thought to represent a growing marketing opportunity for food advertisers in many countries. Marketing of unhealthy food to children is linked to the increased prevalence of obesity worldwide. This paper aims to explore ways in which schools respond to commercial activity around food marketing. Design/methodology/approach: A…
Descriptors: Obesity, Merchandising, Foreign Countries, Marketing
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O'Higgins, Siobhan; Sixsmith, Jane; Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic – Health Education, 2010
Purpose: The shared language of youth includes understandings of concepts that can be different from those of adults. Researchers, in their efforts to explore and illuminate the health behaviours and decision-making processes of young people, use generic terms in their data collecting protocols. This study aims to explore what adolescents…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Psychological Patterns, Student Attitudes, Young Adults
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Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic; O'Higgins, Siobhan; Barry, Margaret – Health Education, 2010
Purpose: Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) is mandated in all Irish schools. This study aims to illuminate the perceived value and quality of SPHE and to document facilitators of successful implementation. Design/methodology/approach: A case study approach was taken, where 713 pupils, 968 parents and 49 teachers and other staff across a…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Questionnaires, Case Studies, Response Rates (Questionnaires)
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Clarke, Aleisha M.; O'Sullivan, Maeve; Barry, Margaret M. – Health Education, 2010
Purpose: This paper seeks to report on the evaluation of Zippy's Friends, an international emotional wellbeing programme, for primary school children in disadvantaged schools in Ireland. The paper aims to present case studies of the profile and ethos of two specific schools participating in the programme, their links with the local community, the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged