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Hirvonen N., Nygård T., Palmgren-Neuvonen L., Huhta AM., Huotari ML. (2019) Finnish School Health Education Viewed Through an Information Literacy Lens. In: Kurbanoğlu S. et al. (eds) Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 989. Springer, Cham

Finnish school health education viewed through an information literacy lens

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Author: Hirvonen, Noora1; Nygård, Tuula2; Palmgren-Neuvonen, Laura2;
Organizations: 1Information Studies, University of Oulu and Medical Research Centre Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2The Department of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-04-23


In Finland, health education is included as an independent subject in the core curriculum for basic education where it is suggested to promote students’ health literacy. In this qualitative study, we examine Finnish health education in schools through an information literacy lens. The material comprises the most recent Finnish core curricula for basic education (2004, 2014) and health education textbooks (n = 4), which were analysed with content analysis guided by theoretical conceptions of information literacy. The concept of information literacy is not used in the core curricula, but there are closely related learning objectives especially in the most recent curriculum. Textbooks cover information evaluation topics but focus less on information access and use. The study contributes to understanding the potential of information literacy promotion in school-based health education. Yet, future studies should examine health education practices to reflect how the ideas presented in the documents are implemented in practice.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-3-030-13472-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-13471-6
Volume: 989
Pages: 154 - 165
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_15
Host publication: Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018
Host publication editor: Kurbanoğlu, Serap
Špiranec, Sonja
Ünal, Yurdagül
Boustany, Joumana
Huotari, Maija Leena
Grassian, Esther
Mizrachi, Diane
Roy, Loriene
Conference: European Conference on Information Literacy
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
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