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Title: Taking 'Shape' with health literacy: Understanding health literacy through the lens of the proposed Australian curriculum
Contributor(s): Freak, Annette (author); Miller, Judith A (author); Stratton, Elizabeth (author); Taylor, Neil (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: In recent years health literacy has emerged as a vibrant and growing area of interest. However, despite the proliferation of research in this field, a lack of shared meaning is at the centre of widespread debate. Whilst the origins of health literacy lie firmly within the medical context, it is now widely recognised that a broader application of this concept is needed. This shift to a 'public health' perspective has generated further confusion, highlighting the need for clarification when defining health literacy and exploring it's role across a variety of disciplines and contexts. The recently released draft Shape paper of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education provides a timely opportunity for the exploration of health literacy within the context of school-based Health Education. This shaping document highlights the unique positioning of the Health and Physical Education curriculum to develop students' health literacy and adopts the World Health Organisation's definition and perspective of this concept. Though widely accepted, this understanding of health literacy reflects only a single perspective in a field that has been largely criticised for its lack of shared meaning and approach. Based on a systematic review of the literature, this doctoral study includes a critique of the various perspectives and definitions of health literacy. With a particular focus on understanding this concept within the school setting, a working definition of health literacy is proposed and discussed. This provides the basis for later work involving the measurement of adolescent health literacy, as well as the efficacy of school-based Health Education programs.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARE-APERA 2012: Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney, Australia, 2nd - 6th December, 2012
Source of Publication: AARE-APERA 2012 Abstracts (Health and Physical Education)
Publisher: Wiley
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130106 Secondary Education
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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