Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work

Rossi, Tony, Pavey, Amanda, Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2015) Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work. British Educational Research Journal, 42 2: 258-276. doi:10.1002/berj.3197

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Author Rossi, Tony
Pavey, Amanda
Macdonald, Doune
McCuaig, Louise
Title Teachers as health workers: Patterns and imperatives of Australian teachers’ work
Journal name British Educational Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-1926
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/berj.3197
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 258
End page 276
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
With increasing cross-sectoral relationships and partnerships and the blurring of the boundaries of the various service sectors, the membrane that is assumed to separate education and health in terms of young people's wellbeing looks thinner than ever. In this project we are concerned to know what teachers do in terms of young people's health, how much time they spend doing it and to what extent this work might be considered as health work? The paper is informed by a Likert style survey and semi-structured interview data collected from a large cohort of teachers employed in different school sectors across Queensland, Australia and is framed by ideas concerning field, practice and doxa. The data suggest that teachers, often with a minimum of training, undertake work that might be categorised as health work and do so with a high degree of commitment and with a growing sense of urgency but with concerns related to their competence. We consider it important to understand the reasons why and the extent to which teachers engage in work that might be more readily associated with public health and to ask "are teachers health workers?"
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