Eco-Sensors4Health Toolkit: Scaffolding Children Participation in Schools’ Environmental Health

Maria João Silva, Maria Eduarda Ferreira, Alexandra Souza, Ana Rita Alves

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The research presented in this paper aims at improving health education in primary schools, supporting the use of environmental sensors in environmental health problem solving. A research based design approach was adopted to develop a toolkit, aiming at supporting teachers in scaffolding children’s participation to improve their schools’ environmental health. The toolkit will facilitate children’s activities that make use of eco-sensors to identify and explore environmental health problems, as well as to suggest local solutions. Sound pollution, air pollution, and lack of thermal comfort are three central problems in Portuguese primary schools’ environmental health. The data acquired by children through the use of sensors will inform and validate children’s decisions to improve schools’ environmental health and will be made available to other schools in a collaborative platform. The design of the toolkit was situated in Portuguese primary schools. It is an iterative design process, based on teaching and learning interventions with primary school children, in-service teachers, and students of a teacher education graduation, all in their natural and complex settings. Those interventions confirmed the practicality and effectiveness of the planned activities, and, together with the results of previous projects, informed the content and form of the designed toolkit that will be used in diverse schools to improve schools’ environmental health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Health 2018
Subtitle of host publicationThe Seventh International Conference on Global Health Challenges
EditorsHassan Khachfe, Birgit Gersbeck-Schierholz
Place of PublicationAtenas
PublisherInternational Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-682-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventGLOBAL HEALTH 2018: The Seventh International Conference on Global Health Challenges - Atenas, Grécia, Atenas, Greece
Duration: 18 Nov 201822 Mar 2019


ConferenceGLOBAL HEALTH 2018


  • Environmental health
  • Eco-sensors
  • Children
  • Participation


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