Increased metacognition about health and learning in a middle school-based health promotion project using an action-oriented research model

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Abstract

Health is a resource for pupils’ learning. Including health in the curriculum and teaching will enable pupils to understand the connection between health and learning. Action research has proved to be effective from a learning perspective. Our purpose was to explore whether, and how, using action-oriented research methods in a middle school-based health promotion project contributed to metacognition about health and learning. The design was an action-oriented research model using reflection forums: a support group; a project group; and two focus groups of pupils and teachers. The latent content analysis resulted in three categories: (1) Professional aspects; (2) Educational aspects; and (3) Structural aspects, with adherent subcategories. The discussion presents a synthesis of findings about metacognition, with Structural factors and processes and Personal factors and processes. In conclusion, this article presents how action-oriented research methods, using reflection forums, can contribute to participants’ metacognition about health and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages14
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Learning (50303)
  • Health Sciences (303)

Keywords

  • Action-oriented research model
  • health promotion
  • learning
  • metacognition
  • middle school

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