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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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Pupil Welfare Work in Finnish Schools

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Teija Koskela, Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

The guidelines for the national curriculum were revised in Finland in 2004 so that the position of pupil welfare was specified as a part of basic education1. Student’s physical, mental, and social support was specified as the task of schools and teachers. Thus, teachers’ responsibilities for students’ wellbeing were expanded.

The change in teachers’ work is a part of the societal change. Although the learning results are verifiably excellent at Finnish elementary schools2, adolescents’ well-being is of great concern in our society. For example, depression3, marginalisation and exclusion4,5, psycho-social problems6, mental problems7,8, and especially the increase in learning difficulties among adolescents who graduate from the comprehensive school9 are worrying.

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