Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice Thinking Outside the Box

ISBN-10: 0763757934
ISBN-13: 9780763757939
Edition: 2010
Authors: Patricia Goodson
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Description: While other texts focus on the most commonly-used theories in health promotion and health education, Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice: Thinking Outside the Box goes beyond; it guides the reader to reflect on the process of thinking  More...

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List price: $142.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date: 7/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 245
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

While other texts focus on the most commonly-used theories in health promotion and health education, Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice: Thinking Outside the Box goes beyond; it guides the reader to reflect on the process of thinking theoretically and offers additional tools to facilitate the theoretical thinking process. Numerous examples of concepts, strategies, and procedures are woven throughout along with charts, diagrams, and graphs to help visualize abstract concepts and relationships. The text is also interspersed with segments containing the authorrsquo;s personal reflections on the complexities inherent in the practice of theory, which serve to bring the material to life in an engaging way.

Patricia Goodson is Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics (from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP) and a Master's in Philosophy of Education (from the Pontificia Universidade Cat�lica de Campinas - PUCCAMP) in Brazil; a Master's in General Theological Studies (from Covenant Theological Seminary) and a Ph.D. in Health Education (from The University of Texas at Austin) in the U.S. At TAMU, she has taught mostly graduate-level courses such as Health Behavior Theory, Health Research Methods, Health Program Evaluation, Health Education Ethics, and Advanced Health Behavior Theory. In 2007, while acting as Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development, she created and implemented a college-wide writing support service for graduate students, based on the P.O.W.E.R. model described in this book. Currently, as Director of the College of Education and Human Development's Writing Initiative (P.O.W.E.R. Services), she routinely offers Basic and Advanced Writing Studios for graduate students in the college, and occasionally teaches writing workshops for faculty at Texas A&M and other universities.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Theory as Practice: Thinking Theoretically About Health Promotion
Learning Objectives
Defining Theory
Commonsense Theories
Scientific Theories
Theorizing, Theoretical Thinking, and Theory
Theory as Practice
What Does Theory Do?
What Does Theory Look Like?
Theory Versus Practice
Final Thoughts
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Why Think Theoretically About Health Promotion?
Learning Objectives
Rationale for Thinking Theoretically About Health Promotion
Because Theoretical Thinking Infuses Ethics and Social Justice into Public Health Practice
Because Theoretical Thinking Represents a Moral Duty and a Professional Responsibility
Because Theoretical Thinking Guides the Profession
Because Theoretical Thinking Prevents Ideological Takeover, or Hegemony
Because Theoretical Thinking Guides and Prefects Practice
Because Theoretical Thinking Builds Scientific Knowledge
Because Theoretical Thinking Provides Roadmaps for Research
Final Thoughts
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Who Is Thinking Theoretically? Current Use of Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice
Learning Objectives
Three Ways to Understand the Relationship Between Theory and Practice
Barriers to the Integration of Theory and Practice
Application of Scientific Theories to Health Promotion Practice
Use of Implicit Theories or Theories of Action in Health Promotion Practice
Use of Scientific Theories in Health Promotion Research
Thinking Theretically About Practitioners' and Researcher's Use of Theory
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Which Theories? An Overview of the Theoretical Landscape in Health Promotion
Learning Objectives
Which Theories?
Most Commonly Used Theories of Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Journey Through the Dominant Theories in Health Promotion
Travel Gear
Let the Journey Begin
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Pattern 1: Exaggerated Focus on Individual-Level Factors: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Focus on Individuals
Levels of Theory
The Blind Spots of Intrapersonal Theories
The Stories Intrapersonal Theories Tell
An Alternative-Ecological Models and Systems Science Approaches to Health Promotion
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Pattern 2: Undue Emphasis on Rationality: What's Love Got to Do With It?
Learning Objectives
Value-Expectancy and Rational Choice Theories
Dual Process Theories-Beyond Rationality
An Alternative
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Pattern 3: Deliberate Privileging of Linearity: The Whole or the Sum of the Parts?
Learning Objectives
Linear Theories
Complexity Theories
Complex Adaptive Systems
Linear Versus Dynamic Approaches to Human Reality
Linear Versus Nonlinear Data Analyses
An Alternative
A Reminder and a Reality Check
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Applying Theory to Health promotion Research
Learning Objectives
A Word About Guidelines
Applying Theory to Research-An Overview
The Alternative: A-Theoretical Research
QT-Applying Theory to Quantitative (or Positivistic) Research
QT1-The Role of Theory in Quantitative (Positivistic) Research
QT2-Choosing a Theory (or Theories) for Your Quantitative Research Project
QT3-Grounding Your Research Questions and Hypotheses
QT4-Applying Theory to Data Analysis in Quantitative (Positivistic) Research
QT5-Applying Theory to Secondary Data Analysis in Quantitative (Positivistic) Research
QL-Applying Theory to Qualitative (or Naturalistic) Research
QL1-The Role of Theory in Qualitative (Naturalistic) Research
QL2-Chossing a Theory (or Theories) for Your Qualitative Research Project
QL3-Applying Theory to Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation
QL4-Applying Theory to Qualitative Data Analysis or Reanalysis of Qualitative Data
QL5-Generating Theory in Qualitative Research
MM-Appling Theory to Mixed Methods (or Pragmatist) Research
MM1-The Role of Theory in Mixed Methods Research
MM2-Choosing a Theory for Your Mixed Methods Research Project
MM3-Applying Theory to Mixed Methods Research
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Applying Theory to Program Planning and Evaluation
Learing Objectives
Theory and Practice
The Role of Theory in Program Planning
Applying Theory to Program Planning
Applying Theory to Program Planning: The �Ideal� Strategy
One �Ideal� Strategy: The Precede-Proceed Model
Another �Ideal� Strategy: Intervention Mapping
Applying Theory to Program Planning: The �Real World� Stragety
Developing a Program's Implicit Theory
The Role of Theory in Program Evaluation
Applying Theory in Program Evaluation
Program Evaluation as Theory Testing
Program Evaluation as Assessment of Program Impact
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Bridging the Gap: Recommendations to Enhance the Use of Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice
Learning Objectives
This Far
Framing the Gap
Strategies to Bridge the Gap
Shifting the Process of Theory Building in Health Promotion
Changing Health Promoters' Professional Training Regarding Theory
Adapting the Processes of Knowledge Building (or Research) in Health Promotion
Taking a Hard Look at Health Promotion Practice
Final Thoughts
Suggestions for Practicing Theoretical Thinking
References
Theory or Model?
References
How to Think Theoretically
Skills Needed to Develop Theories
Guidelines for Developing Theory
Criteria for Assessing a Theory
References
Index

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