Folkhälsopedagogen söker legitimitet: ett möte mellan pedagogik och verksamhetsförlagd utbildning

Leif Karlsson

    Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral Thesis


    The aims of the thesis were to study how the students in the work experience period of The Study Program in Public Health and Education experienced how the discipline of education could contribute to health promotion in practice and if whether the integration between theory and practice in this case reached the appropriate higher education standard.

    The data collection comprised semi-structured interviews, the student’s descriptions of the trainee post, their aims and objectives and the follow-up and evaluation of their aims and objectives.

    The thesis questions were examined from different perspectives; insight with the task to relate the empirical subjects to a wider economical, cultural, political and historical context, critique was built on insight but was more explicit to power relations, lack of freedom, ideological dominance and social asymmetry. Finally transformative redefinition focussed on emancipation and on development of the pedagogical practice. The analysis around insight and critique was based on three categories: the work experience period’s influence on learning as the student experienced it, the importance of pedagogical theory in health promotion practice as the student experienced it, and the work as a professional in the health promotion field as the student experienced it.

    The analysis around insight was divided in two parts or phases. The first phase was a concentration and categorisation of the material within each theme which led to different conceptualisations. These conceptualisations were explored in relation to the theoretical basis and to the concept higher education standard. The second part sought to discover variation in the student group. The patterns should be seen as the product of the relationship between the student and the trainee post. The analysis identified seven categories or different patterns of development: undeveloped, contradictory, critical, theoretical, salvation like, prevented and integrated. The patterns varied in how the work experience period influenced learning, the importance of pedagogical theory in health promotion practice and how the work as a professional in the health promotion field was apprehended. These patterns were also put in relation to the theoretical grounds and to the concept higher education standard.

    Critique discussed the results obtained from the insight analysis from concepts like power, authority and oppression, dominant ideology, dissensus perspective, colonisation of the lifeworld and discourses.

    The transformative redefinition focussed on more pragmatic research questions, namely the consequences the study would or could have on the theoretical as well as on the practical part of the Study Program of Public Health and Education.

    Original languageSwedish
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)

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