Public Lecture by Dr Wolf Markham The Home Economics Office, within the DMSTE, Faculty of Education, is organising a lecture by Dr Wolf Markham: Theoretical perspectives on health promoting schools, with a focus on research on school culture and smoking.

Dr Wolf Markham (PhD, MPhil and BSc in Biochemistry, Physiology and Genetics) is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His primary research interests focus on the relationships between education and health. Dr Markhamís background includes working as a Health Promotion Officer in the West Midlands and East London. He has also taught in Secondary schools and HM prison at Winson Green.

This talk will outline a novel explanatory frame for promoting health within schools.  The theory focuses on the influences of school organisation, curriculum development and pedagogic practice on pupil development.  A hypothesis that relates school culture to pupil smoking was developed from this new theory and tested using cross-sectional data (23,000 pupils) and longitudinal data (8,000 pupils).

The lecture will take place on Wednesday April 20 2005 between 5.00 and 6.30pm at the Gateway Building Hall 'A', on campus.  Those attending the lecture are kindly asked to email suzanne.piscopo@um.edu.mt