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Children, youth and public health

Children, youth and public health - schools and kindergartens as a community for education and quality of life / mastery of life. This interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary R&D group explores the meeting point between pedagogical and health-related processes. The starting point is kindergartens and schools as a community, in interaction with the statutory local work done in public health.


The group has roots in research groups for pedagogy under the PhD program «Children and young people's participation and competence development» as well as in the university college's involvement with the National Program for Public Health in the Inland.

The concept of public health is today broadly defined. It is integrated with mental health and drug prevention work, and embraces all municipal sectors. In subject renewal, public health and life skills are placed as a new interdisciplinary theme in schools. And according to the framework plan, kindergartens must also promote life skills and health. Public health is closely linked to distribution and to sustainable societal development and the UN's sustainability goals. There has traditionally been a sectoral split between the education sector / educational institutions and the health sector / health institutions. At the same time, from an ontological perspective children and young people's learning, development and health have never been a separate phenomenon. However academic subjects, educations, professions and public sectors have created their differences.

The research group is concerned with 'the whole person' and also works with a scientific theoretical basis for this. In children's and young people's everyday lives; learning, development, education and health go hand in hand. This challenges the fields of practice that work with children and young people, and it challenges higher education and research to develop real interdisciplinarity in a number of areas.
The group's ambition is to:

  • contribute to new knowledge about the interplay between public health - in the broad perspective - and educational processes, based on kindergartens and schools as a community
  • contribute to the societal debate on normative aspects of children and young people's communities and on how the interaction between individual and community can be resolved in better ways than today
  • contribute to strengthening HINN's role as a leading figure in areas that require interdisciplinary and inter-agency collaboration on children and young people's education and quality of life / mastery of life.

The group consists of teachers / researchers from the Faculty of Teacher Education and Pedagogy (LUP), the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (HSV) and from the School of Business - Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (HHS), including Østlandsforskning and a number of associate members from several environments. Related to the public health program, the group collaborates closely with the county municipalities, KorusØst and NTNU Gjøvik.

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