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Time for Health Education

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Health and healthy life styles are something that we all would like to induce in our youths and children. This book provides a new perspective for health education. It represents Finnish ideas and solutions of health education and provides analyses of health promotion. In today’s world, health education is expected to offer holistic information and increase understanding about the communal and environmental health issues along with individual choices and concern over fellow humans. This book presents a multidimensional analysis starting from the history of health education to the most current innovative health concepts. The book also includes hands-on examples of health promotion at various education levels.
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The Concept of the Experience-Based Capital of Physical Exercise (ECPE)


Ari Kunnari, Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Physical education is concentrated on studying the exercising body and ignored the experiential world, the human being as a holistic bodily, experiencing, and living exerciser1. In the Finnish school system, the aim of physical education is to provide such knowledge, skills, and experiences2 based on which one may adopt a sporty lifestyle. But what are these experiences and how are they defined? What do the versatile experiences of physical exercise consist of?

In this article we introduce a theoretical model that was built based on the findings from a phenomenological study of the meanings of physical exercise and that introduces the concept of the experience-based capital of physical experience (ECPE)see 3. The research method was based on Giorgi’s4,5 and Perttula’s6,7 ways of implementing phenomenological research. The purpose of the original study was to find out what kinds of experiences PE-teachers gain from their work. The original study on which this article grounds on was carried out was a two-phase, qualitative studied conducted among 15 PE-teacher students at the Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finlandsee 3. First, they were asked to write essays about their experiences on physical exercise. In the second phase, the same participants were interviewed. The interview method was a phenomeno-logical interviewsee 8,9 and the purpose was to get deeper information about their experiences. As a conclusion, a theoretical framework that illustrates the experiential world of physical exercise as...

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