A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education

Patrick, R., Capetola, T. and Nuttman, S. 2012, A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education, Focus on health professional education: a multi-disciplinary journal, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 67-80.

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Title A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education
Author(s) Patrick, R.
Capetola, T.
Nuttman, S.
Journal name Focus on health professional education: a multi-disciplinary journal
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 80
Total pages 14
Publisher ANZAHPE
Place of publication Adelaide, SA
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1442-1100
Keyword(s) curriculum development
health promotion
higher education
interdisciplinary approach
student experience
sustainable development
university students
work placement
Summary Like many educational institutions, Deakin University has embraced the challenge of developing curricula to ensure that graduates are environmentally literate and competent to address sustainability in professional practice. Despite an abundance of literature pertaining to the link between human health and environmental degradation, the development of health-related education for sustainability curriculum has been slow. Health promotion, an integral aspect of health professional training in Australia, is considered an area of practice well suited to the action of sustainability. This article highlights the findings of a pilot project that explored which graduate-level health promotion competencies and principles for practice can be transferred to action on sustainability. Methodologically, this study offers a participatory action research process enhanced with case study design principles. Findings from the four case studies highlight that health promotion competencies are compatible with action on sustainability. The article also illuminates the themes in the literature about the value of mutually reinforcing pedagogies associated with education for sustainability and work-integrated learning. The article contributes to discussion in an emerging area of health curriculum, namely, health-related education for sustainability. It posits that health promotion is an area of the health curriculum that can support the development of competencies at the nexus between health and sustainability.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061026

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