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FONTES, Rejane de Souza and VASCONCELLOS, Vera Maria Ramos de. The role of education in hospitals: a reflection based on Wallon and Vygotsky's studies. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.73, pp. 279-303. ISSN 1678-7110. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32622007000300003.
Education in hospitals is still a new subject in academic terms, and not many studies have been carried out in this area. With the goal of adding to the debate, this paper presents possibilities of interrelation between education and health, through an analysis of images of a pedagogic approach to patients in hospitals. Drawing on Wallon and Vygotsky's studies, the article presents an analysis of interaction between four children and a discussion on the different roles that can be played by education within hospitals. Learning as an element to trigger development acquires new elements when it happens within a children's ward in a hospital. Not only does it bring back children's self-esteem; it also brings knowledge that helps children think about their illnesses and understand the reasons why these illnesses bring them emotional unease, thus reducing the level of tension commonly experienced in hospitals and providing them with moments of thought construction, expression and restructuring. This is how education has been playing an important role in the recovery of hospitalized children's health.
Keywords : Education; Health; Interaction; Emotion; Thought.