The Children's Voice and Interdisciplinary Health Promotion Program

By Irene Nga Yee Cheng, Winnie Wing-mui So and Emmy M. Y. Wong.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Children now at school will become decision making citizens at a time when problems of health and wellbeing are gaining much social importance, so educating children on these issues is of paramount importance. Education not only provides them with knowledge, but also opens up the world for them to voice what they conceive the world around them to be. In recent years, attention has been paid to this ‘children’s voice’. The children’s voice refers to identifying, encouraging and expressing their unique perspectives and interests. Understanding the children’s voice may facilitate the design of appropriate health education programmes that can better respond to the needs of children and society. This study aims to capture the children’s voice on the major issues in the areas of well-being and health. A mixed method research approach was used to examine the understanding of 226 Primary 5 pupils from two schools through an activity-based promotion programme. The knowledge level of the children was improved and some have developed interdisciplinary perspectives on the problems related to their health and well-being. An interdisciplinary health education programme that transcends single-disciplinary perspectives is needed to develop a healthy school.

Keywords: Children Voice, Environment, Health Promotion, Interdisciplinary, Well-being

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.45-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 25, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 841.731KB)), ISSN: ISSN 2156-8960.

Dr. Irene Nga Yee Cheng

Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China

Prof. Winnie Wing-mui So

Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, NA, Hong Kong

Dr. Emmy M. Y. Wong

Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Physical Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong