A case study examining the impact of active lifestyle promotion on children in secondary school (Key stage 3) in South Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The case study evaluated physical activity promotion and provision on a selected school based in South Wales, specifically targeting Key Stage 3 students (KS3). The purpose was to identify current levels of promotion within the school and identify possible areas to implement further promotion efforts within the school, as it has been suggested that schools place significant influence on physical activity within children (Glickman 2012). A qualitative approach methodology was applied, semi-structured interviewing of three teachers (Deputy Head, Assistant Head and Head of Physical Education) initialised the data collection process. Three focus groups consisting of both males and females (16 pupils) across the span of KS3 were conducted in a similar fashion. Utilising the pupils’ voice within the study allowed a deeper understanding of attitudes and knowledge of the topic in hand, which traditionally many similar studies have not done. Content covered in the data collection process consisted of: current understanding of being physically active; how the school caters for the children to enable this; best areas within the school in promoting physical activity; how Physical Education (PE) lessons support the promotion of physical activity; and suggestions as to how children may become more physically active. Results provided an insight of emerging themes relating back to the study’s area of research such as: the introduction of a variety of sporting activities; the strong influence of extra-curricular provision in promoting physical activity; instilling positive dispositions towards physical activity into primary school aged children; and increasing the number of physical education staff. Key words that arose during the data collection period consisted of: physical activity; benefits; exercise; activities and inclusion. Future research could provide a more comprehensive perspective to whether physical activity is being completed within the primary sector to facilitate the promotion of physical activity, providing further insight into children’s views by utilising the children’s’ voice.
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