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Children’s agency in building social capital and collective actions

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title = "Children’s agency in building social capital and collective actions",
abstract = "Purpose – Whole-school approaches emphasising pupil participation are recognised as being conducive for building social capital, yet how participatory health educational processes relate to different types of social capital remains unclear. The present study explores which mechanisms within a participatory health educational process influence social capital and collective actions in the school context, and discusses children’s agency in such processes.Design/methodology/approach – A multiple case study design, with the Danish ‘We Act – Together for Health’ intervention considered as an instrumental case regarding participatory health educational processes for children, principally since it applied the participatory Investigation–Vision–Action–Change (IVAC) approach. The paper is based on a theory-driven, abductive research strategy. Qualitative methods, including focus group interviews with children, semi-structured interviews with teachers and school principals, and participant observation were used. Findings – The study’s conceptual framework, which elucidates several mechanisms that interact with types of social capital and collective actions within the school setting, indicates that working with child participation through the IVAC methodology can influence types of social capital and collective actions. It also emphasises children’s limited agency in terms of affecting bridging and linking social capital, norms of reciprocity, and collective actions without sufficient support mechanisms at the school and class levels.Originality/value – The study provides a novel comprehensive conceptual framework identifying the specific mechanisms at different levels that influence social capital and collective actions.",
keywords = "Collective actions, Health and citizenship education, Health promoting schools, IVAC methodology, Social capital",
author = "Stjernqvist, {Nanna Wurr} and Bonde, {Ane H{\o}stgaard} and Ellen Trolle and Marianne Sabinsky and Maindal, {Helle Terkildsen}",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "7",
doi = "10.1108/HE-04-2018-0025",
language = "English",
volume = "119",
pages = "35--50",
journal = "Health Education",
issn = "0965-4283",
publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing Limited",
number = "1",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Children’s agency in building social capital and collective actions

AU - Stjernqvist, Nanna Wurr

AU - Bonde, Ane Høstgaard

AU - Trolle , Ellen

AU - Sabinsky, Marianne

AU - Maindal, Helle Terkildsen

PY - 2019/1/7

Y1 - 2019/1/7

N2 - Purpose – Whole-school approaches emphasising pupil participation are recognised as being conducive for building social capital, yet how participatory health educational processes relate to different types of social capital remains unclear. The present study explores which mechanisms within a participatory health educational process influence social capital and collective actions in the school context, and discusses children’s agency in such processes.Design/methodology/approach – A multiple case study design, with the Danish ‘We Act – Together for Health’ intervention considered as an instrumental case regarding participatory health educational processes for children, principally since it applied the participatory Investigation–Vision–Action–Change (IVAC) approach. The paper is based on a theory-driven, abductive research strategy. Qualitative methods, including focus group interviews with children, semi-structured interviews with teachers and school principals, and participant observation were used. Findings – The study’s conceptual framework, which elucidates several mechanisms that interact with types of social capital and collective actions within the school setting, indicates that working with child participation through the IVAC methodology can influence types of social capital and collective actions. It also emphasises children’s limited agency in terms of affecting bridging and linking social capital, norms of reciprocity, and collective actions without sufficient support mechanisms at the school and class levels.Originality/value – The study provides a novel comprehensive conceptual framework identifying the specific mechanisms at different levels that influence social capital and collective actions.

AB - Purpose – Whole-school approaches emphasising pupil participation are recognised as being conducive for building social capital, yet how participatory health educational processes relate to different types of social capital remains unclear. The present study explores which mechanisms within a participatory health educational process influence social capital and collective actions in the school context, and discusses children’s agency in such processes.Design/methodology/approach – A multiple case study design, with the Danish ‘We Act – Together for Health’ intervention considered as an instrumental case regarding participatory health educational processes for children, principally since it applied the participatory Investigation–Vision–Action–Change (IVAC) approach. The paper is based on a theory-driven, abductive research strategy. Qualitative methods, including focus group interviews with children, semi-structured interviews with teachers and school principals, and participant observation were used. Findings – The study’s conceptual framework, which elucidates several mechanisms that interact with types of social capital and collective actions within the school setting, indicates that working with child participation through the IVAC methodology can influence types of social capital and collective actions. It also emphasises children’s limited agency in terms of affecting bridging and linking social capital, norms of reciprocity, and collective actions without sufficient support mechanisms at the school and class levels.Originality/value – The study provides a novel comprehensive conceptual framework identifying the specific mechanisms at different levels that influence social capital and collective actions.

KW - Collective actions

KW - Health and citizenship education

KW - Health promoting schools

KW - IVAC methodology

KW - Social capital

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U2 - 10.1108/HE-04-2018-0025

DO - 10.1108/HE-04-2018-0025

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VL - 119

SP - 35

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JO - Health Education

JF - Health Education

SN - 0965-4283

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ER -

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