Health promoting schools: integrated practices to develop critical thinking and healthy lifestyles through farming, growing and healthy eating

Liz Lakin, Michael Littledyke

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    This paper reports on two case study examples of schools identified from Gloucestershire primary schools as showing particularly good practice in developing the concept of a Health Promoting School. The schools were selected from research projects linked to the Growing Schools programme for promoting children's understanding of food production and consumption, and the Gloucestershire Food Strategy for promoting healthy eating patterns in school children. Examples of curriculum development and associated pedagogy, school organization for democratic involvement of all its participants, and practical changes in the provision of eating choices are presented. These illustrate how integration of critical thinking and changes to the schools' provision of choices for healthy eating patterns can influence children's understanding and behaviour towards diet and health. The key factors that influenced such changes in the schools are identified as: clear leadership with vision from the head teacher, community involvement, ownership of processes of change by all participants, critical thinking as a focus for processes of learning; integrated practice to link experience and understanding, and the school acting as a model for good practice in health and environmental matters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-259
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008


    • Citizenship
    • critical thinking
    • education
    • food
    • sustainable development
    • thinking skills

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