História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
On-line version ISSN 1678-4758
FERNANDES, Marcos Henrique; ROCHA, Vera Maria and SOUZA, Djanira Brasilino de. The concept of student health as viewed by early elementary school teachers (1st- 4th grades). Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2005, vol.12, n.2, pp. 283-291. ISSN 1678-4758. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702005000200004.
The study investigated the attitudes of early elementary school teachers towards student health and characterized their training in this area. Using qualitative methodology, a sample of forty-five teachers responded to a semi-structured questionnaire, subsequently analyzed in accord with the proposed topical approach. Findings showed that 77.7% of the teachers had studied health content, while 33.33% encountered problems working with this topic, chiefly because they lacked suitable teaching material. Further, 75.55% had taken part in training related to Brazil's National Curriculum Parameters and the transversal theme of health. When asked about the importance of addressing the health topic, 28.33% referred to the need to take care of one's health. In conclusion, early elementary teachers need specific training and greater support in dealing with the topic.
Keywords : school health; health education; teachers.