Cross-cultural School Based Encounters as Health Education

Maria Bruselius-Jensen, Kerry Renwick, Jens Aagaard-Hansen

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    Objective: Drawing on the concepts of the cosmopolitan person and democratic health education, this article explores the merits of primary school–based, cross-cultural dialogues for global health education. Design: A qualitative study of the learning outcomes of the Move|Eat|Learn (MEL) project. MEL facilitates cultural meetings, primarily Skype-based, between students from Kenya and Denmark, with the aim of promoting reflection on differences and similarities in everyday living conditions and their impact on health practices. Setting: Three Danish and one Kenyan primary schools.
    Methods: Qualitative analysis of 18 focus group discussions with 72 Danish and 36 Kenyan students. Results: Cross-cultural dialogues promoted students’ engagement and reflections on their own and peers’ health condition, access to education, food cultures, gender and family structures.
    Conclusion: Findings indicate the merits of cross-cultural dialogues as a means of educating students to become global health agents with a cosmopolitan outlook.
    Translated title of the contributionTværkulturelle møder som sundhedsuddannelse i skolen
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalHealth Education Journal
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)1
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Cosmopolitanism
    • global health
    • health education
    • schools
    • social determinants


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