2014 Volume 59 Issue 2 Pages 829-839
The paper discusses the contents of the Health Education Matriculation Examination in Finland conducted in March 2013. This is the first report in Japan to discuss the actual examination.
The author visited Finland in March 2013 to interview Dr. Lasse Kannas, Dean of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, the main university in Finland that has a training course for health education teachers.
A study of the examination papers for the last five years showed that the exam measured the following six core components of health literacy: theoretical knowledge, practical knowledge, critical thinking, information analyzing ability, self-controlling ability, and citizenship. The examination of March 2013 showed a similar content.
The author concludes that the above six core components of knowledge are useful for studies of health literacy training for health education of Japanese high school students.