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Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Researching nursery children’s awareness of the need for sun protection: towards a new methodology


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Title:Researching nursery children’s awareness of the need for sun protection: towards a new methodology
Author(s):Margaret Collins, (Visiting Fellow, Health Education Unit, School of Education, University of Southampton, UK), Jenny McWhirter, (Senior Research Fellow, Health Education Unit, School of Education, University of Southampton, UK), Noreen Wetton, (Senior Research Fellow, Health Education Unit, School of Education, University of Southampton, UK)
Citation:Margaret Collins, Jenny McWhirter, Noreen Wetton, (1998) "Researching nursery children’s awareness of the need for sun protection: towards a new methodology", Health Education, Vol. 98 Iss: 4, pp.125 - 134
Keywords:Children, Day nurseries, Methodology
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09654289810219240 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Describes a small study to evaluate the usefulness of a song tape to promote sun protection messages to children in nursery schools and to find a method of researching young children’s views that could be used with small groups of children which would be simple to administer and analyse, and which would provide reliable data. Finds that the song tape was useful in stimulating work about the skin and the sun in nursery schools, although it was not the only cause of increased awareness of sun protection issues among the children as a result of the study. From the several methods considered, “draw and talk”, in which the children drew pictures in response to a suggestion and then talked to the researcher, proved to be the most successful in eliciting children’s levels of awareness of the need for sun protection. Draw and talk is an illuminative approach which provides quantifiable data and which could be used for development of other curriculum materials or for evaluation of existing programmes for the nursery age group.



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