Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work

Rossi, Tony, Pavey, Amanda, Macdonald, Doune, & McCuaig, Louise (2016) Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work. British Educational Research Journal, 42(2), pp. 258-276.

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With increasing cross-sectoral relationships and partnerships and the blurring of the boundaries of the various service sectors (Westall 2009), the membrane that is assumed separate education and health in terms of young people’s wellbeing looks thinner than ever. In this project we are concerned to know what teachers do in terms of young people’s health, how much time they spend doing it, and to what extent this work might be considered as health work? The paper is informed by a Likert style survey and semi-structured interview data collected from a large cohort of teachers employed in different school sectors across Queensland, Australia and is framed by Bourdieu’s (1977) ideas around field, practice and doxa. The data suggest that teachers, often with a minimum of training undertake work that might be categorised as health work and do so with a high degree of commitment and with a growing sense of urgency but with concerns related to their competence. We consider it important to understand the reasons why and the extent to which teachers engage in work that might be more readily associated with public health and to ask “are teachers health workers?”

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ID Code: 92521
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Teachers' work, health work, health workers, schools
DOI: 10.1002/berj.3197
ISSN: 1469-3518
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 British Educational Research Association
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rossi, T., Pavey, A., Macdonald, D. and McCuaig, L. (2015), Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work. British Educational Research Journal, [In Press], which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3197. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 07:34

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