Porous classrooms: negotiating school and community partnerships

Leahy, Deana, Burrows, Lisette, McCuaig, Louise, Wright, Jan and Penney, Dawn (2016). Porous classrooms: negotiating school and community partnerships. In School health education in changing times: curriculum, pedagogies and partnerships (pp. 102-116) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Author Leahy, Deana
Burrows, Lisette
McCuaig, Louise
Wright, Jan
Penney, Dawn
Title of chapter Porous classrooms: negotiating school and community partnerships
Title of book School health education in changing times: curriculum, pedagogies and partnerships
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Routledge research in education
ISBN 9780415706179
Volume number 152
Chapter number 7
Start page 102
End page 116
Total pages 15
Total chapters 9
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The boundaries between the classroom and the wider society and culture have always been 'porous' in some way or another, particularly in relation to public health issues. Porosity can go both ways. Just as government health policies and initiatives can reach into schools, so can schools be used for health promotion/health education designed to reach families and communities. In this chapter both directions will be considered. In Britain, North America, New Zealand and Australia, for public health authorities, schools have been the logical space for medical interventions targeting children. These have taken various forms, some ongoing, such as medical inspections of school children, dental and other general school nurse services, and some in response to acute health issues such as outbreaks of infectious diseases. The incursion of health authorities into schools has not always been without opposition. Gard and Pluim (2014) provide the example of how attempts by health authorities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century to close schools in the context of a scarlet fever outbreak and to impose universal vaccination on students were met with active resistance from teachers and students. The issue here was about control: who could decide what happened in schools. This is a question worth pondering in the current context.
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