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The GHP includes and involves approximately 30 researchers/teachers at Halmstad University. The research team has three professors, some 15 post-graduate researchers, 7 post-graduate students and 4 prospective students. In addition, there are a number of supporting-members from the university and members from outside the university e.g. Halland County Council, Region Halland, SpenshultRheumatismHospital and The Nordic School of Health Sciences.
GHP is led by Catherine Hildingh and Gunnar Johansson, professor of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The research group organises seminars once a month, where foremost post-graduate research plans, notes, and publications are discussed and reviewed. Further seminars are held each month at the Journal Club, where current scientific articles are open for discussion. Several members of the group also participate regularly at the seminars which are held once per month under the leadership of one of CVHI's coordinators. At these seminars, research funding applications are reviewed.
Within GHP, the nursing subject is particularly represented. However, Health Education and Sociology are also represented. In the research area, nursing develops knowledge of how health is promoted and preserved, maintained and recovered plus the possibilities to live a good life despite illness and disability. Nursing research is based on a human science base and the individual is considered in a holistic way and as part of the context he/she lives in. Research in nursing concerns, in a life cycle perspective, both patient and family members and includes physical, mental, social, spiritual and cultural aspects.
From a health educational perspective, reflection and learning are studied in relation to the changes in health and social behavior. An important starting point is to maintain a dialogue between researchers and practitioners, which stimulates both human-health and welfare.
From a sociological and social psychological perspective, the importance of the cultivation of social relationships in our own relationships and the impact they have regarding health and well-being are looked at.
GHP researchers collaborate with several other universities in the country, e.g. with the institutes of Jönköping, Borås, Skövde, Växjö and Örebro. These are universities thatHalmstadUniversity has an agreement with. Research collaboration also exists with the Universities of Gothenburg, Linköping andLund plus the Karolinska Institute. Researchers are active in several national research networks such as Sammi, a national network consisting of about 20 researchers specialising in heart disease, and the National Psychiatry Association´s national research-network. International research co-exists with, for example, the University of Maryland (USA), the University of Leeds (GB), the University of Verona (Italy), the University of Silkeborg (Denmark), College of Tonsberg (Norway) and College of Gjovik (Norway). CVHI-members are included in several national networks. Several of the researchers are also members of various international research-networks, e.g. International Network for Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and the Scandinavian network- Mental Health Nursing Research in Scandinavia (MeHNuRse).
The objective of NORDPLUS is to promote a positive interrelationship between the universities and institutions of higher education in the Nordic countries, creating a distinctive sense of common ground.
NORDPLUS has specific goals for example: To encourage projects aiming to exploit the results of educational research.
Title of the project
“Co-operative learning in Physical Education"
The purpose of the project is to use peer tutors to increase the participation of pupils with disabilities in the area of Physical Education in school.
Employing the peer tutoring method to promote participation in Physical Education in school for pupils with disabilities. In collaboration with researchers from Virginia who have studied the concept of peer tutoring, we would like to investigate and translate the model and examine, document, evaluate and compare it within the different participating countries.
Aija Klavina, Education Centre "A Sport", Latvia; Kajsa Jerlinder, University of Gävle, Sweden; Lena Hammar, National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools; Sweden; Tine Soulie, Danish Disability Sport - Information Centre, Denmark and Lars Kristén, Halmstad University, Sweden.
Evaluation and duration
The evaluation will be performed by writing reports and scientific papers as well as by using the children and adults as “critical friends" throughout the project period.
The project period start 2011-07-01 with a duration of 24 months.