Philosophical Foundations of Health Education / Edition 1

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This book covers the philosophical and ethical foundations of the professional practice of health education in school, community, work site and hospital settings, as well as in health promotion consultant activities. Designed to be flexible, readers are prompted to develop their own philosophical and ethical approach(s) to the field after becoming familiar with the literature related to the discipline. It provides a state-of-the-art, conceptual framework and is targeted for health education majors who seek careers in health education and to provide other health science and health-related majors, who need to gain clear, succinct philosophical principles.

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"Finally, health education specialists have a book devoted to philosophical perspectives from experts in the field. Without a doubt, this book will be a reader and keeper for students, scholars, practitioners, leaders, and teachers of health education and promotion, who routinely think about and share their own health education philosophy."
— Dixie Dennis, Ph.D., CHES, Austin Peay State University

"Finally! A book that clearly and critically collates the various philosophical foundations for the health education profession! Will assist budding (and mature) health educators in identifying and creating their own philosophy of health education practice. Bravo to the insightful editors and authors!"
— Carolyn P. Parks-Bani, PhD, Community Health Educator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"A captivating compilation of readings that presents diverse perspectives from past and present leaders on philosophical issues in health education. It is a much-needed addition to our professional literature that will serve as an essential resource for courses addressing the foundations and history of our field."
— David A. Birch, PhD, CHES, East Carolina University

"Philosophical Foundations of Health Education is an essential, comprehensive collection useful for any Health Education professional preparation program."
— Judy C. Drolet, PhD, CHES, FASHA, FAAHE, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470436783
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/30/2009
  • Series: Public Health/AAHE Series, #20
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill M. Black, PhD, CHES, is an associate professor in theDepartment of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance atCleveland State University and coordinator of the Community HealthEducation Program. She is a fellow of the American Association forHealth Education.

Steven R. Furney, EdD, MPH, is a professor of Health Educationand director of the Division of Health Education at Texas StateUniversity. He is a fellow of the American Association for HealthEducation.

Helen M. Graf, PhD, is an associate professor and undergraduateprogram director in the Department of Health and Kinesiology atGeorgia Southern University.

Ann E. Nolte, PhD, Distinguished Professor, emerita, of HealthEducation in the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois StateUniversity, was a fellow of the American Association for HealthEducation and the American School Health Association.

American Association for Health Education is the premiernational organization for health educators and other professionalswho promote the health of all people, with 5,500 health educatorsin school, college, research, community, medical, and industrysettings.

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Table of Contents



Part 1: Philosophical Perspectives in HealthEducation.

1 This I Believe: A Philosophy of Health Education (Loren B.Bensley Jr.).

2 Philosophical Bases for Health Education (J. Keogh Rash).

3 Three Essential Questions in Defining a Personal Philosophy(R. Morgan Pigg Jr.).

4 Health Education as a Basic (Carl E. Willgoose).

5 Some Guiding Principles on Health and Health Education: APhilosophical Statement (Charles R. Carroll).

6 The Holistic Philosophy and Perspective of Selected HealthEducators (Stephen B. Thomas).

Part 2: Developing a Philosophy of Health Education.

7 Connecting a Personal Philosophy of Health to the Practice ofHealth Education (Becky J. Smith).

8 Health Educators and the Future: Lead, Follow or Get Out ofthe Way (Noreen M. Clark).

9 Health Education and Health Promotion: A Look at the Jungle ofSupportive Fields, Philosophies, and Theoretical Foundations(Thomas C. Timmreck • Galen E. Cole • Gordon James• Diane D. Butterworth).

10 Philosophical Trends in Health Education: Implications forthe 21st Century (Helen M. Welle • Robert D. Russell •Mark J. Kittleson).

Part 3: Cognitive Approaches in Health Education.

11 Teaching for Understanding in Health Education: The Role ofCritical and Creative Thinking Skills within Constructivism Theory(Valerie A. Ubbes • Jill M. Black • Judith A.Ausherman).

12 The Paradigm Shift Toward Teaching for Thinking: Prospective,Barriers, Solutions, and Accountability (Bette B. Keyser •James T. Broadbear).

13 Historical Steps in the Development of Modern School HealthProgram (Kenneth E. Veselak).

14 Philosophy and Principles of the School Health Program(Delbert Oberteuffer).

Part 4: Changing Behavior in Health Education.

15 Behavioral Health Education: An Emerging Opportunity (Carl I.Fertman).

16 Healthy Behavior: Implications of a Holistic Paradigm ofThinking Through Bodymind Research (Don Read • WaltStoll).

17 Problem-Based Learning: Catalyst for Behavioral Change (J.Frederick Garman • Carol J. Teske • Duane A.Crider).

18 Health Promotion and Empowerment: Reflections on ProfessionalPractice (Ronald Labonte).

Part 5: Freeing/Functioning in Health Education

19 Health Education as Freeing (Jerrold S. Greenberg).

20 Democracy—The First Principle of Health PromotingSchools (Andy Anderson • Barbara Ronson).

21 Human Ecology and Health Education (Howard S. Hoyman).

22 Spiritual Wellness, Holistic Health, and the Practice ofHealth Education (Steven Hawks).

Part 6: Social Change in Health Education.

23 New Health Promotion Movement: A Critical Examination (AnnRobertson • Meredith Minkler).

24 Potential Untapped: Health Education and Health Promotion asa Means to Peace (Daniel Leviton).

25 Putting Politics Back in Public Health Education (Martha L.Coulter • Terrance Allbrecht • Elizabeth Gulitz •Mary Figg • Charles Mahan).

26 Health Care Reform: Insights for Health Educators (ThomasO'Rourke).

27 The Role of Health Education Associations in Advocacy (M.Elaine Auld • Eleanor Dixon-Terry).

28 The Role of Health Education Advocacy in Removing Disparitiesin Health Education (John P. Allegrante • Donald E. Morisky• Behjat A. Sharif).

29 Lessons from Developing Countries: Health Education in theGlobal Village (Helda Pinzon-Perez).

Appendix A Philosophy of Health Education Grid.

Appendix B Philosophy of Health Education: A Position Statementof the American Association of Health Education (AAHE).

Appendix C Health Literacy: A Position Statement of the AmericanAssociation of Health Education (AAHE).

Appendix D Code of Ethics for the Health EducationProfession

Appendix E CHES Questions.

Part References.


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