Supporting the development of health literacy in children and young people is an emerging field in the practice of teachers and health-related resources for use in schools and communities. Established by Don Nutbeam in the late 1990’s, health literacy is conceptualised as a three-tier hierarchy of competencies (functional, interactive and critical health literacy). For example, washing hands is functional health literacy, asking for help is interactive health literacy and advocating for change in a community or with others can be classified as being critically health literate. As health literacy is relative to social gradient (socioeconomic status), it makes sense for schools and places of learning to support young people to gain critical health literacy skills, now and into their futures.
This keynote focuses on health, health education teaching and learning and the development of health literacy skills through pedagogical practices, particularly critical health literacy. It prompts teachers to question, reflect and/or confirm their practice as engaging, meaningful, and valuable pedagogies.
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