Health promoting schools: linking organisational capital and resilience

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Lemerle, Kate and Stewart, Donald. 2005. "Health promoting schools: linking organisational capital and resilience." Jensen, Bjarne Brunn and Clift, Stephen (ed.) The health promoting school: international advances in theory, evaluation and practice. Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish Education University Press. pp. 463-490
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Health promoting schools: linking organisational capital and resilience

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleThe health promoting school: international advances in theory, evaluation and practice
AuthorsLemerle, Kate (Author) and Stewart, Donald (Author)
EditorsJensen, Bjarne Brunn and Clift, Stephen
Page Range463-490
Number of Pages509
Year2005
PublisherDanish Education University Press
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
ISBN8776840123
Web Address (URL)http://www.euro.who.int/document/E90358.pdf
Abstract

This paper reports the results of research conducted in Queensland, Australia, investigating the impact of the HPS approach on various dimensions of the school environment, including measures of social and organizational capital,
and associations between these dimensions and teachers’ health and wellbeing.

It forms the first phase of a longitudinal investigation into children’s resilience being conducted in Queensland, Australia. This research is exploring the hypothesis that teachers’ health and wellbeing is an 'organizational asset' that impacts the school environment, and by doing so becomes a determinant of children’s psychosocial development. The results of this research suggest that the HPS model provides schools with a set of management principles that build human, organizational and social
capital within the school, and that teachers in schools with higher social and organizational capital – health promoting schools – have lower rates of job stress, and greater job commitment. Healthier, more committed teachers
provide a more positive learning environment for students, and greater collegiality for all members of staff. Future lines of research aim to show that these ‘human resource’ outcomes create a school climate that nurtures resilience, or positive mental health, in children.

Apart from adding to international research evaluating the impact of the HPS approach, this is the first study of its kind in Australia linking school management practices consistent with the HPS approach and teachers’ health and wellbeing, and raises important issues regarding human resource management within the education sector. We discuss the hypothetical model underpinning our future research directions.

Keywordsschool climate; school management practice; Health Promoting Schools model; HPS
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390304. Primary education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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