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The Socio-ecological perspective

People can take part in the health promotion process effectively only when they have a clear view of the social and environmental factors that affect health and well-being. Through learning experiences that reflect the socio-ecological perspective, students can seek to remove barriers to healthy choices. They can help to create the conditions that promote their own well-being and that of other people and society as a whole. Through this perspective, students will also come to a better appreciation of how and why individuals differ.

The socio-ecological perspective will be evident when students:

  • identify and reflect on factors that influence people's choices and behaviours relating to health and physical activity (including social, economic, environmental, cultural, and behavioural factors and their interactions);
  • recognise the need for mutual care and shared responsibility between themselves, other people, and society;
  • actively contribute to their own well-being, to that of other people and society, and to the health of the environment that they live in.

Through the socio-ecological perspective, students will learn to take into account the considerations that affect society as a whole as well as individual considerations and will discover the need to integrate these.


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