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Programme implementation in schools: conceptualisations from Irish teachers

Christina Murphy (Discipline of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland)
Margaret M. Barry (Discipline of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland)
Saoirse Nic Gabhainn (Discipline of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 13 November 2018

Issue publication date: 15 November 2018

Abstract

Purpose

School-based programmes face a variety of personal, environmental and organisational challenges to implementation. Stakeholders can provide crucial contextual information to improve implementation. The purpose of this paper is to explore teachers’ perspectives on implementation through a bottom-up participatory process.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative participatory approach was employed. This comprised groups of teachers theorising and creating schemas of school-based implementation.

Findings

Two schemas were developed. Support, time, training and resources emerged as common components. Students and other educational stakeholders did not feature in either schema.

Research limitations/implications

The schemas were developed by teachers in Ireland. The findings are relevant to that local context and generalisability beyond this may be limited. The developed schemas contain structural and content components that appear in published conceptual frameworks of programme implementation. Thus, there is some correspondence between the views of published theorists and the current sample of teachers, particularly with regard to leadership and teacher motivation. There are also disjunctures that deserve exploration, such as the lack of reference to students.

Practical implications

Participatory schema development could be of particular value to trainers working with educators. The generated schemas provide useful detail on current perspectives, which could be valuable as part of any training process or the pre-planning stages of implementation.

Originality/value

This study describes a straightforward approach to revealing the perspectives of stakeholders that could help school-based implementation processes.

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Acknowledgements

This study was approved by the National University of Ireland Galway Research Ethics Committee. The authors would like to acknowledge the gatekeeper and all teachers who took part in this research. This study was funded through a fellowship awarded by the National University of Ireland Galway College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Citation

Murphy, C., Barry, M.M. and Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018), "Programme implementation in schools: conceptualisations from Irish teachers", Health Education, Vol. 118 No. 6, pp. 483-498. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-11-2017-0062

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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