Vol. 4 No. 1 (2022): Sport and Education
Thematic articles

Health Education in Primary Schools: A Difficult Task

Published June 27, 2022
Philippe Masson
Univ. Lille, Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, Univ. Artois, ULR 7369 – URePSSS – Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société, F-59000 Lille, France
Michael Racodon
Clinique de la Mitterie, Lille, France
Alessandro Porrovecchio
Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, Univ. Lille, Univ. Artois, ULR 7369 – URePSSS – Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société, F-59383 Dunkerque, France
Guillaume Duchateau
Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, TVES Territoires, Villes, Environnement & Société. ULR4477 Dunkerque, France
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Masson, P., Racodon, M., Porrovecchio, A., & Duchateau, G. (2022). Health Education in Primary Schools: A Difficult Task. Central European Journal of Educational Research, 4(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.37441/cejer/2022/4/1/10735

This study was conducted in a medium-sized French city, in a neighbourhood falling into poverty, with children aged from 9 to 10 years old. Its aim is to build an adapted strategy to improve children’s healthy habits. Our study was based on a mixed methods interdisciplinary approach using interviews, questionnaires, sleep diaries and accelerometers. The unemployment rate of the target population is above 40%, and the families have four children on average. The children of the sample (N=29) practice less physical activity than recommended by the institutions in charge of health matters. The parents correctly manage the sleep cycles of their children, and stand firm when they have to go to school the next day. When the next day is a non-school day, children play more video games in the evening, both on their own and with their families. Healthy habits can be improved through cooperation with the various members of the educational community (parents, teachers and structures in charge of the children). Since it is difficult to manage health education solely during PE classes, this process must be continued both inside and outside school by the community, even more so the family.