Health promoting schools: linking organisational capital and resilience

Lemerle, Kate and Stewart, Donald (2005) Health promoting schools: linking organisational capital and resilience. In: The health promoting school: international advances in theory, evaluation and practice. Danish Education University Press, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 463-490. ISBN 8776840123


This paper reports the results of research conducted in Queensland, Australia, investigating the impact of the HPS approach on various dimensions of the school environment, including measures of social and organizational capital,
and associations between these dimensions and teachers’ health and wellbeing.

It forms the first phase of a longitudinal investigation into children’s resilience being conducted in Queensland, Australia. This research is exploring the hypothesis that teachers’ health and wellbeing is an 'organizational asset' that impacts the school environment, and by doing so becomes a determinant of children’s psychosocial development. The results of this research suggest that the HPS model provides schools with a set of management principles that build human, organizational and social
capital within the school, and that teachers in schools with higher social and organizational capital – health promoting schools – have lower rates of job stress, and greater job commitment. Healthier, more committed teachers
provide a more positive learning environment for students, and greater collegiality for all members of staff. Future lines of research aim to show that these ‘human resource’ outcomes create a school climate that nurtures resilience, or positive mental health, in children.

Apart from adding to international research evaluating the impact of the HPS approach, this is the first study of its kind in Australia linking school management practices consistent with the HPS approach and teachers’ health and wellbeing, and raises important issues regarding human resource management within the education sector. We discuss the hypothetical model underpinning our future research directions.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 01:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: school climate; school management practice; Health Promoting Schools model; HPS
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development

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