The Role of the CSH School Principal in Knowledge Sharing and Use

Erica Roberts, Kerry Bastian, John Paul Ekwaru, Paul Veugelers, Doug Gleddie, Kate Storey

Abstract


Comprehensive School Health (CSH) is an internationally recognized framework shown to be effective in improving health-enhancing behaviours and educational outcomes. The specific implementation strategies behind CSH, however, are vague. Knowledge exchange (KE) practices are essential to ensure that implementation is evidence-informed. The principal seemingly acts as a key player within KE, yet this role remains to be examined within a CSH framework.

Through a cross-sectional examination of secondary survey data, this study set out to compare the extent of knowledge sharing and use of evaluation data by principals in both CSH schools (n=30) and other randomly selected schools throughout Alberta, Canada (n=73). Univariable logistic regression was performed and results showed that CSH principals had a statistically significant higher odds of: sharing the data overall; sharing the data outside of the school, particularly with parents; using the data in planning; as well as both sharing and using the data in general.


Keywords


Knowledge Exchange; Comprehensive School Health

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