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A win-win situation for health and science education: Seeing through the lens of a new framework model of health literacy


Zeyer, A (2012). A win-win situation for health and science education: Seeing through the lens of a new framework model of health literacy. In: Zeyer, A; Kyburz-Graber, R. Science | Environment | Health – Towards a Renewed Pedagogy for Science Education. Dordrecht: Springer, 147-173.

Abstract

Health is a “megatrend.” Nevertheless, the role of health and health education in science education has been less important than the role of environmental education. This is a reflection of a cultural-historical constellation in health and health promotion, as will be discussed in this chapter. The emergence of the concept of health literacy offers a promising approach for newly addressing this relationship. To this aim, a framework model for health literacy is presented. It shows explicitly that health literacy is inherently knowledge-based and thus points out a strong link between scientific literacy and health literacy. Indeed, a win-win situation exists between these two fields that is yet to be fully exploited. Several concrete examples demonstrate how the systematic analysis of health issues through the model may reveal the potential benefits of including health issues in science education. It will also be underlined that health literacy refers not only to the field of good health in its narrowest sense but also to the field of diseases and to medicine, which opens up a whole range of topics that are fascinating and relevant to students. A concrete example of a teaching unit will be presented along with a discussion of the need for institutional efforts to develop and spread such examples of best practice. To this end, two vignettes created by other authors have been included in this chapter.

Abstract

Health is a “megatrend.” Nevertheless, the role of health and health education in science education has been less important than the role of environmental education. This is a reflection of a cultural-historical constellation in health and health promotion, as will be discussed in this chapter. The emergence of the concept of health literacy offers a promising approach for newly addressing this relationship. To this aim, a framework model for health literacy is presented. It shows explicitly that health literacy is inherently knowledge-based and thus points out a strong link between scientific literacy and health literacy. Indeed, a win-win situation exists between these two fields that is yet to be fully exploited. Several concrete examples demonstrate how the systematic analysis of health issues through the model may reveal the potential benefits of including health issues in science education. It will also be underlined that health literacy refers not only to the field of good health in its narrowest sense but also to the field of diseases and to medicine, which opens up a whole range of topics that are fascinating and relevant to students. A concrete example of a teaching unit will be presented along with a discussion of the need for institutional efforts to develop and spread such examples of best practice. To this end, two vignettes created by other authors have been included in this chapter.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:12 Sep 2012 08:19
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 14:55
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-90-481-3949-1
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3949-1_9
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