Using sporting themes to engage young males in health education lessons.

The schools and students health education unit
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Education and Health, 2016, 34 (2), pp. 25 - 30
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This research involved a process evaluation conducted to gain teacher feedback on the implementation of a secondary health education resource kit. The resource kit was originally designed to help encourage students to build healthy lifestyles and positive ways to find and achieve their dreams. The study sought to gauge how it was used in classrooms, and how teachers felt their classes reacted to it. Key survey findings included: 1) the kit was widely used by these respondents. 2) It was favourably viewed as an inspirational tool by these respondents. 3) The activities were well received and accepted by the classroom. 4) Some gender bias was reported from girls who could not associate with footballers. Future research could examine links between the knowledge and understanding gained from the kit, with a student’s own attitudes, values, life experiences or behaviours.
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