Schools as social complex adaptive systems: a new way to understand the challenges of introducing the health promoting schools concept.

@article{Keshavarz2010SchoolsAS,
  title={Schools as social complex adaptive systems: a new way to understand the challenges of introducing the health promoting schools concept.},
  author={Nastaran Keshavarz and Don Nutbeam and Louise Rowling and Freidoon A Khavarpour},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={70 10},
  pages={1467-74}
}
Achieving system-wide implementation of health promotion programs in schools and sustaining both the program and its health related benefits have proved challenging. This paper reports on a qualitative study examining the implementation of health promoting schools programs in primary schools in Sydney, Australia. It draw upon insights from systems science to examine the relevance and usefulness of the concept of "complex adaptive systems" as a framework to better understand ways in which health… CONTINUE READING
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