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Bergmark, U. & Kostenius, C. (2018). Appreciative student voice model: reflecting on an appreciative inquiry research method for facilitating student voice processes. Reflective Practice, 19(5), 623-637
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Appreciative student voice model: reflecting on an appreciative inquiry research method for facilitating student voice processes
2018 (English)In: Reflective Practice, ISSN 1462-3943, E-ISSN 1470-1103, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 623-637Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to describe and discuss Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a research method to facilitate student voice in school research. The paper sets out a model for conducting AI in schools. The research questions identified are: What are the researcher’s reflections when using Appreciative Inquiry in school research? What challenges and opportunities can be found when using Appreciative Inquiry in research processes with students? An application of the model will be presented and problematised. The conclusions indicate the importance of inviting students to participate in the process of defining research topics, and of using multimodal methods for facilitating students’ exploration of school experiences. It is also vital that adults support students in imagining and articulating visions on how to improve the school, as well as plans designing for enacting visions. Finally, a ‘whole school approach’ is emphasised for contributing to sustainable appreciative student voice work in schools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Keywords
Appreciative inquiry, student voice, research method, reflection, school improvement
National Category
Educational Sciences Health Sciences
Research subject
Education; Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71553 (URN)10.1080/14623943.2018.1538954 (DOI)000453918400005 ()2-s2.0-85057295716 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-01-30 (inah)

Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved
Sjöblom, M. & Kostenius, C. (2018). From 9 to 91 in good health: the health promoting role of the inner child through the life course. In: : . Paper presented at 10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research, 24-26 september 2018, Trondheim.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From 9 to 91 in good health: the health promoting role of the inner child through the life course
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73176 (URN)
Conference
10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research, 24-26 september 2018, Trondheim
Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-03-12Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C. (2018). Future health. In: Editors Johan Frishammar Åsa Ericson (Ed.), Addressing Societal Challenges: (pp. 71-85). Luleå: Luleå University of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Future health
2018 (English)In: Addressing Societal Challenges / [ed] Editors Johan Frishammar Åsa Ericson, Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2018, p. 71-85Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Good health has always been crucial to people’s life situation.Throughout the history of health care, cures for diseaseshave been discovered, and great strides have been made toallow humans to live longer and healthier lives. However, newchallenges arise, for example, mental ill-health in childrenand young adults, coping with an older population, and servicingsparsely populated areas, such as the Arctic regions.Moreover, increased migration brings unique challenges andliving in a digital world increase health risks. However, inevery challenge, there is an opportunity. At LTU, health is aprioritized area, with a focus on innovative interdisciplinaryresearch, for example, including the perspective of health inArctic living, widening educational research to include healthpromotion, and exploring technology within the e-health field.One possible approach is to support people to increase controlover and improve their health at individual and organizationallevels, as well as using social innovations to promotehealth with a “cool” northern perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2018
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-68011 (URN)978-91-7790-061-0 (ISBN)978-91-7790-073-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-20 Created: 2018-03-20 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C., Hallberg, J. & Lindqvist, A.-K. (2018). Gamification of health education: Schoolchildren’s participation in the development of a serious game to promote health and learning. Health Education, 118(4), 354-368
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gamification of health education: Schoolchildren’s participation in the development of a serious game to promote health and learning
2018 (English)In: Health Education, ISSN 0965-4283, E-ISSN 1758-714X, Vol. 118, no 4, p. 354-368Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The use of modern technology has many challenges and risks. However, by collaborating with schoolchildren, ideas to effectively promote health and learning in school can be identified. This study aimed to examine how a participatory approach can deepen the understanding of how schoolchildren relate to and use gamification as a tool to promote physical activity and learning.

Design/methodology/approach

Inspired by the concept and process of empowerment and child participation, the methodological focus of this study was on consulting schoolchildren. During a 2-month period, 18 schoolchildren (10–12-years-old) participated in workshops to create game ideas that would motivate them to be physically active and learn in school.

Findings

The phenomenological analysis resulted in one main theme, ‘Playing games for fun to be the best I can be’. This consisted of four themes with two sub-themes each. The findings offer insights on how to increase physical activity and health education opportunities using serious games in school.

Originality/value

The knowledge gained provides gamification concepts and combinations of different technological applications to increase health and learning, as well as motivational aspects suggested by the schoolchildren. The findings are discussed with health promotion and health education in mind.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
National Category
Other Health Sciences Physiotherapy Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Health Science; Physiotherapy; Pervasive Mobile Computing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-68485 (URN)10.1108/HE-10-2017-0055 (DOI)2-s2.0-85047988587 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-06-01 (svasva)

Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-09-14Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C. (2018). "Like the cement in a brick wall": Health Promotion in schools according to students, school staff and politicians. In: : . Paper presented at 10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research, 24-26 september 2018, Trondheim.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Like the cement in a brick wall": Health Promotion in schools according to students, school staff and politicians
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73174 (URN)
Conference
10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research, 24-26 september 2018, Trondheim
Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-03-12Bibliographically approved
Bergstrom-Wuolo, M., Dahlström, J., Hertting, K. & Kostenius, C. (2018). My heart has no hurt: the health of young immigrants. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 14(3), 290-304
Open this publication in new window or tab >>My heart has no hurt: the health of young immigrants
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, ISSN 1747-9894, E-ISSN 2042-8650, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 290-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore health from the perspective of young immigrants in Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 25 newly arrived young immigrants attending Swedish language classes in northern Sweden participated by drawing and writing open letters. They continued the open-ended sentence “Now I’ll draw and describe a day when I was feeling good, that was […].”

Findings

The phenomenological analysis resulted in three themes: longing to be in control for a better life, searching for power in the good and the bad, and striving for a sense of belonging in the new society. The findings illuminate young immigrants’ perspectives of a health-promoting everyday life consisting of agency, reflection and a sense of community. The findings also highlight the young immigrants’ experiences when health-promoting aspects are lacking, characterized by disillusionment, anxiety and loneliness. The findings are discussed with health promotion, health literacy and young immigrants in mind.

Practical implications

According to young immigrants, meeting basic needs such as food, sleep and housing is health promoting but easily taken for granted. Being able to have a say in matters concerning everyday life, social inclusion and finding power in memories – positive and negative – can promote health in young immigrants.

Originality/value

The young immigrants were able to communicate via drawings and words to overcome language barriers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-70234 (URN)10.1108/IJMHSC-02-2018-0004 (DOI)000444238100006 ()2-s2.0-85052139558 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-10-08 (johcin)

Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-08-07 Last updated: 2018-10-08Bibliographically approved
Bergmark, U. & Kostenius, C. (2018). Students’ Experiences of Meaningful Situations in School. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 62(4), 538-554
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Students’ Experiences of Meaningful Situations in School
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 62, no 4, p. 538-554Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on school situations students experienced as meaningful and how these experiences can guide educational improvement. Participants included 15 students in grade 3 from a Swedish school. In this qualitative study, the data consisted of drawings, multimodal productions, interviews, and field notes. The analysis resulted in four themes: Having the opportunity to learn in different spaces; Being free and able to participate; Experiencing caring and sharing, and Recognizing one’s own growth and achievement. The findings suggest that situations students find meaningful involve aspects of both learning and wellbeing. The practical implication for these results is that student-generated qualitative data can help indicate needs for educational improvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
National Category
Didactics Other Health Sciences Pedagogy
Research subject
Education; Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61415 (URN)10.1080/00313831.2016.1258670 (DOI)000435015900004 ()2-s2.0-85008192342 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-06-13 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved
Lögdberg, U., Nilsson, B. & Kostenius, C. (2018). "Thinking about the future, what's gonna happen?": How young people in Sweden who neither work nor study perceive life experiences in relation to health and well-being.. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13(1), Article ID 1422662.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Thinking about the future, what's gonna happen?": How young people in Sweden who neither work nor study perceive life experiences in relation to health and well-being.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 1422662Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore how young people in Sweden who neither work nor study perceive life experiences in relation to health and well-being.

Methods: A task-based interview technique was used and data was analysed with qualitative content analysis. Interviews were conducted with 16 participants aged 16-20 who were unemployed and not eligible for upper secondary school, or who had dropped out of school.

Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis illustrating how the young people perceive their life experiences in relation to health and well-being: Struggling with hardships in the absence of caring connections, Feeling good when closely connected to others, and Being forced to question what has been taken for granted. Each theme consists of 2-3 subthemes.

Conclusion: Based on the young people's narrated experiences health can be understood as: something that is created in relation to others and in relation to the social and cultural context; as something dynamic and changeable; as the ability to adapt and respond to challenges; and finally as something existing on a collective as well as an individual level. Implications for school, social services and health promotion initiatives are discussed, with an emphasis on working with young people.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-67369 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2017.1422662 (DOI)000423213000001 ()29336705 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85045252949 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-01-23 (svasva)

Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2019-03-05Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C., Bergmark, U. & Hertting, K. (2017). Health Literacy in an age of technology: schoolchildren's experiences and ideas. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 55(5/6), 234-242
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health Literacy in an age of technology: schoolchildren's experiences and ideas
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, ISSN 1463-5240, E-ISSN 2164-9545, Vol. 55, no 5/6, p. 234-242Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

he aim of this paper was to explore opportunities to promote schoolchildren’s health literacy based on their own experiences and ideas. Research suggests the necessity for health literacy to be included into the school curriculum, and to view health promotion as part of lifelong learning. There is also a need to involve schoolchildren in developing health literacy so they can find strategies to improve their health. However, there is limited research on the best practices of health literacy, based on the schoolchildren’s own experiences and ideas. In this article, a secondary analysis of the data from two previous studies was performed. In total, 540 schoolchildren aged 10–15 from the northern regions of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia participated by sharing their experiences in written reflections or by completing an open question in a survey. Two questions were posed to gather the data in the secondary analysis: ‘What signifies the schoolchildren’s experiences of health and well-being?’ and ‘What are the strategies to promote health and well-being suggested by the schoolchildren?’ The results show that people and interactive technology support schoolchildren’s health literacy. The schoolchildren highlighted the importance of being cared for, confirmed by and connected to others. They also stressed the importance of being in an environment that enabled them to participate and thus be engaged, which made them empowered to take care of their own health and well-being. In addition, they identified empowering aspects of technology as a tool in health promotion that created health opportunities for the schoolchildren.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Other Health Sciences Pedagogy
Research subject
Health Science; Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65454 (URN)10.1080/14635240.2017.1369891 (DOI)
Note

Validerad;2017;Nivå 2;2017-11-22 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-09-01 Created: 2017-09-01 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C., Hallberg, J. & Lindqvist, A.-K. (2016). A slice of the win-win game: Swedish schoolchildren’s ideas on gamification to promote physical activity and cognitive ability (ed.). Paper presented at Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference : 20/06/2016 - 22/06/2016. Paper presented at Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference : 20/06/2016 - 22/06/2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A slice of the win-win game: Swedish schoolchildren’s ideas on gamification to promote physical activity and cognitive ability
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Other Health Sciences Physiotherapy Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Health Science; Physiotherapy; Mobile and Pervasive Computing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30367 (URN)425e854f-28e3-4b53-8d05-21d965785f15 (Local ID)425e854f-28e3-4b53-8d05-21d965785f15 (Archive number)425e854f-28e3-4b53-8d05-21d965785f15 (OAI)
Conference
Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference : 20/06/2016 - 22/06/2016
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160627 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3876-7202

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