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Nygård, T., Hirvonen, N., Räisänen, S. and Korkeamäki, R.-L. (2020), "Health education teachers’ historical bodies: constructing teacher identity and teaching information evaluation", Health Education, Vol. 121 No. 1, pp. 59-74.

Health education teachers’ historical bodies : constructing teacher identity and teaching information evaluation

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Author: Tuula Nygård1; Hirvonen, Noora2; Räisänen, Sari3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Faculty of Education, Oulu University Teacher Training School, University of Oulu,Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-01-20


Purpose: This article describes how Finnish health education teachers verbalise and construct their teacher identity based on their lifestyle, subject area and relationships with their students.

Design/methodology/approach: Narrative interviews were conducted amongst eight secondary and upper secondary school teachers. The nexus analysis was used to analyse teachers’ methods of teaching students information-seeking, evaluation and critical thinking skills.

Findings: The teachers’ historical bodies — their skills, interests, information-seeking habits and familiar sources — impacted the chosen teaching methods. The results indicate that teacher identity is constructed along different paths and is constantly performed and transformed in the classroom through interactions with students.

Originality/value: The study illustrates the reconstruction of teacher identity through interaction in interviews. Teachers act as role models, information gatekeepers and trustees who guide students to choose credible health information sources.

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Series: Health education
ISSN: 0965-4283
ISSN-E: 1758-714X
ISSN-L: 0965-4283
Volume: 121
Issue: 1
Pages: 59 - 74
DOI: 10.1108/HE-10-2020-0096
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The study was funded by the Academy of Finland (Grant No. 299112) and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 299112
Detailed Information: 299112 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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