1st Edition

Creative Approaches to Health Education New Ways of Thinking, Making, Doing, Teaching and Learning

Edited By Deborah Lupton, Deana Leahy Copyright 2022
    208 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book shows how creative methods, drawing on innovative arts-based and design-based approaches, can be employed in health education contexts. It takes a very broad view of ‘health education’, considering it as applying not only in school settings but across the lifespan, and as including physical education and sexuality education as well as public health campaigns, health activist initiatives and programmes designed for training educators and health professionals.

    The chapters outline a series of case studies contributed by leaders in the field, describing projects using a wide variety of creative methods conducted in a variety of global contexts. These include a rich constellation of arts-based and design-based methods and artefacts: sculptures, dance, walking and other somatic movement, diaries, paintings, drawings, zines, poems and other creative writing, body maps, collages, stories, films, photographs, theatre performances, soundscapes, potions, rock gardens, brainstorming, debates, secret ballots, murals and graffiti walls. There are no rules or guidelines outlined in these contributions about ‘how to do’ creative approaches to health education. However, the methods in the case studies the authors describe are explained in detail so that they can be adopted or re-invented in other contexts. More importantly, these contributions provide inspiration. They demonstrate what can be done in the field of health education (however it is defined) to go beyond the often stultifying and conventional boundaries it has set for itself.

    Creative Approaches to Health Education demonstrates that creative approaches can be used to inspire those working and teaching in health education and their publics to think and do otherwise as well as advance health education research and pedagogies into new, exciting and provocative directions. It will be of interest to postgraduate students and researchers in education and health-related fields who want to explore and experiment with creative methods and craftivism in applied inquiry.

    1.Thinking, Making, Doing, Teaching and Learning: Bringing Creative Methods into Health Education, Deborah Lupton and Deana Leahy 2. Materialising Mental Health: Design Approaches for Creative Engagement with Intangible Experience, Michal Luria, Ulu Mills, Jennifer Brown, Katie Herzog, Laura Rodriguez-Eng, Supawat Vitoorakaporn, Josh LeFevre, Carlie Guilfoile, Nowell Kahle, Kailin Dong, Jessica Nip, Aisha Ghei Dev, Katie Glass, Zhiye Jin, Soonho Kwon, Arden Wolf and Dan Lockton 3. Enacting a Feminist Pause: Interrupting Patriarchal Productivity in Higher Education, Jo Pollitt, Mindy Blaise and Emily Gray 4. Arts-based Participatory Research in the Perinatal Period: Creativity, Representation, Identity and Methods, Susan Hogan 5. Body Mapping as a Feminist New Materialist Intra-vention: Moving-Learning with Embodied Confidence, Simone Fullagar 6. Graffiti Walls: Arts-Based Mental Health Knowledge Translation with Young People in Secondary Schools, Katherine M. Boydell, Vanessa M. Sinopoli, Elaine Stasiulis, Brenda M Gladstone, Kate Tilleczek, Alexandra F. Gibson, William Tilleczek and Michael Hodgins 7. Re-assembling the Rules: Becoming Creative with Making ‘Youth Voice’ Matter in the Field of Relationships and Sexuality Education, EJ Renold and Victoria Timperley 8. Feminist Craftivist Collaging: Re-Mattering the Bad Affects of Advertising, Jessica Ringrose, Kaitlyn Regehr and Shiva Zarabadi 9. Poetry and Health Education: Using the Poetic to Write the Body and Health, Katie Fitzpatrick, Tashi Grant, Caitlin Waite and See Guan Ong 10. Health on the Move: Walking Interviews in Health and Wellbeing Research, Caroline Lenette 11. Loved Objects and Beyond: Using Art Workshops in a Women’s Refuge, Vicki Harman, Benedetta Cappellini and Susana Campos 12. Children's Views on Digital Health in the Global South: Perspectives from Cross-National, Creative and Participatory Workshops, Amanda Third, Girish Lala, Lilly Moody and Georgina Theakstone


    Deborah Lupton is SHARP Professor in the Centre for Social Research and Social Policy Centre. She is leader of the Vitalities Lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and leader of the UNSW Node and Health Focus Area as well as co-leader of the People Program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, Australia.

    Deana Leahy is Associate Professor in Health Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.