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School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 2, 80100 Joensuu, Finland

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Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Farmacy, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 2, 80100 Joensuu, Finland

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Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea, Microkatu 1, 70210 Kuopio, Finland





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Abstract Health education, which also includes medicine education, promotes social sustainability in society. Through the context of Internet-based intervention, this study reports on fourth graders’ N = 51, aged 10–11 years perspectives on medicines, their use with common diseases and medicine-related information sources. The study was qualitative by nature. Data was collected in spring 2010, by audio recording students’ group discussions during the study process and group interviews. After intervention, students were well aware of the proper use of medicines and how to find information both on medicines and health issues. The main challenge was finding websites that provide reliable and confidential information. The results of this study raise awareness of a concrete pedagogical approach to health education. The pedagogical approach conducted in the intervention could, to some extent, be transferred to any school setting. This study underlies the promotion of Internet-based health literacy and criteria, for evaluating online health information in the primary school context. View Full-Text

Keywords: medicine education; health education; internet-based education medicine education; health education; internet-based education





Author: Sirpa Kärkkäinen 1,* , Tuula Keinonen 1, Anu Hartikainen-Ahia 1, Kirsti Vainio 2 and Katri Hämeen-Anttila 3

Source: http://mdpi.com/



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