Hvad sker der når vi lærer sundhed? What happens when we learn about health?

Addie Falck Hansen & Annemarie Løppenthin

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The learning or adopting of a new health behaviour, due to migration and the change of living conditions, takes place within a complex process of social practices. Significant contributing factors are the inherent physical practices the persons bring along, and the conditions for acting, physically and socially, within the new settings. It is vital for the development of the new health behavior that you are allowed to test the practices brought along and the new practices, through an active and meaningful participation in social processes. Thus summarized, the project What happens when we learn about health investigates the participation of migrant women with shorter education, in training courses on health and in everyday practices. The background for the project is the high priority of learning about health in the Danish society. The individual citizen is met with demands of compliance with rather rigid health norms, and as we find that different social groups have disproportionate conditions for the choice of health behavior, and for participation in learning processes, we have investigated the field in a micro perspective.The field is limited to two specific groups of migrant women located in the western part of Copenhagen. The women participate in two different training courses, respectively in a municipal health centre and a language centre. When the project was initiated, the starting point was an interest in understanding how the target group learns or adopts a new health behaviour. Our way of thinking was based on our professional interests. In other words, in educating adults from this group, and on the health professionals’ understanding of the same groups’ background, as patients. Our respective interests, however, became more varied through the analytical work, where we used Lave & Wenger’s theory on learning through participation in Communities of Practice. From being initially just counting on getting a key to educating students and informing patients, we have now, after the analysis, taken a step backward. We have become interested in how a group acquires the possibility of developing a sufficient collective level of self confidence, that allows it to let a new person in, i.e. an educator or a health professional, and allowing him/her to test his/her practices, on the groups own terms. Such an approach to education and information is relevant to us, in regards to people with shorter education, and to groups who, for various reasons, do not feel acknowledged in the environment where the learning is to take place. It is our hope that there will be an interest in raising the subject within professional circles.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jun. 2013


  • Learning
  • Health
  • Migrant Women