Marit Andersen NHPRC 2013

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A student’s perspective
How can the learning environment contribute to students’ sense of coping?

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Marit Andersen NHPRC 2013

  1. 1. Presentation master thesis – 7th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference Vestfold University College Health Promotion Learning Environment - A student’s perspective How can the learning environment contribute to students’ sense of coping? Marit Andersen PPT (pedagogical and psychological counselling service), Horten municipality e-mail: maritand@gmail.com Co-author: Grete Eide Rønningen, Associated professor, Vestfold University Cogllege
  2. 2. Background • All students are entitled to a good physical and psychosocial environment conducive to health, well- being and learning. • The Education Act of 17th July 1998, Chapter 9a • School is an important setting for health promotion • It is a natural setting where the young people spend the majority of their time • Important for their academic, social and personal development
  3. 3. Purpose • To increase the knowledge of what students themselves highlights as important for their sense of coherence and coping at school • To increase the knowledge of how schools can facilitate an learning environment that promotes a sense of coherence and a framework that promotes good health
  4. 4. Theoretical framework • The Salutogenic approach • Antonovskys theory – sense of coherence (SOC) • Comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness • Coping • Contextual, social and emotional factors • Social support • The quality of the relationship • Participation • Provides the basis of the meaningfulness component
  5. 5. Methodology • Qualitative method • Five focus groups • 31 students of in the age 11-12 years – collected from one school with a population of 66 students in grade 7 Focus group Class Boys Girls Absence Focus gr. 1 X 5 2 0 Focus gr. 2 Y 4 2 0 Focus gr. 3 Y 3 3 0 Focus gr. 4 Z 3 2 2 Focus gr. 5 Z 5 2 0
  6. 6. Empirical data
  7. 7. Empirical data - Categories ‘ Connectedness – Support - Participation They wanted to amount to something in life Experience school as meaningful
  8. 8. Participation Support Connectedness Conclusion Coping SOC Engagement Motivation Meaningfulness Health promoting learning Environment Relationships
  9. 9. Thank you!

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