Using participatory research to explore the oral health awareness of junior and senior high students at L.Y. Cairns School

Alberta Academic Review

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Title Using participatory research to explore the oral health awareness of junior and senior high students at L.Y. Cairns School
 
Creator Ho, Karen
Kaliszuk, Ilona
Gitzel, Barbara
Keenan, Louanne
 
Subject Community-Based Participatory Research
Oral health
Oral hygiene
Adolescent
Vulnerable populations
Art
 
Description Introduction. Vulnerable populations, such as school-aged adolescents with mild cognitive disabilities, can be partners in the creation of interactive learning tools. Objectives. This participatory qualitative study involved teachers and school-aged adolescents in the creation of artwork that answered 4 questions:  1) What does a healthy mouth look like? 2) What does an unhealthy mouth look like? 3) What foods keep your teeth healthy?, and 4) What are some healthy teeth habits? Methods/Results. Three teachers and their 33 students provided artwork that depicted their answers to the 4 questions, and written descriptions. The researchers coded the artwork individually and grouped the data into 4 major categories: Healthy vs. unhealthy (yellow teeth, pain); Lifestyle (no smoking, visiting the dentist), healthy habits (brushing, flossing); and Foods and Nutrition (fruits and vegetables - to eat, soda pops and pizza - to avoid). A four-minute-long video featuring animations of the students’ artwork was created professionally to showcase their knowledge and facilitate an interactive learning tool. Conclusion. Co-learning between researchers and participants fostered positive, collaborative learning within the community. Significance. This study provided insights into an effective strategy for creating oral health education tools for the learners, by the learners. The video presentation will be used by dental hygiene students to engage vulnerable populations in a discussion about oral health.
 
 
Publisher Alberta Academic Review Ltd
 
Date 2019-10-24
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://albertaacademicreview.com/index.php/aar/article/view/81
10.29173/aar81
 
Source Alberta Academic Review; Vol 2 No 3 (2019): CASCH Special Issue; 14
2561-5335
2561-5327
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://albertaacademicreview.com/index.php/aar/article/view/81/65
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Karen Ho, Ilona Kaliszuk, Barbara Gitzel, Louanne Keenan
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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