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Work integrated learning for employee health in schools

Stefan Lagrosen (Department of Marketing, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden)
Yvonne Lagrosen (Department of Engineering Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 17 November 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine relationships between quality management health dimensions, employee health, flow and work integrated learning in primary schools. Previous research has indicated relationships between quality management and health. In this study, the role that work integrated learning plays in the connection between quality and health is investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

The study object has been a number of schools. A quantitative survey has been carried out. A random sample of 20 primary schools, of which 13 (65 per cent) agreed to participate, was selected. Questionnaires to their 301 employees were delivered and 229 (76 per cent) were returned. The reliability of the items were analysed with Cronbach’s alpha test. The statistical relationships between the items were studied with Pearson’s correlation test.

Findings

The results show that the items are reliable. Moreover, statistical correlations between work integrated learning on the one hand and employee health, quality management health dimensions and flow on the other hand are found.

Research limitations/implications

One limitation is that the research has only been carried out in schools and the possibilities of generalising the findings to other sectors are uncertain. Research implications are the relationships that have been identified between work integrated learning and the other factors.

Practical implications

The knowledge that has resulted from the study should be useful for organisations in their attempts to improve the health status of the employees.

Originality/value

The relationship between work integrated learning and employee health has not been studied in any other major study.

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Citation

Lagrosen, S. and Lagrosen, Y. (2014), "Work integrated learning for employee health in schools", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 387-398. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-09-2012-0015

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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