PARENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR ROLE IN DEVELOPING THEIR CHILD/REN (0-11 YEARS) ON THEIR PHYSICAL LITERACY JOURNEY.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Due to the increasing concern regarding physical activity levels of the young, in recent years there has been a greater focus on promoting children’s physical literacy development (Coe, 2014). Despite parents’ potentially being the most influential people in a child’s early years, there is a scarcity of research on their role in their child/ren’s physical literacy development. Therefore the aim of the current study was to understand parents’ perceptions of their role in developing their child/ren (0-11 years) on their physical literacy journey. A qualitative study consisting of six semi-structured interviews was carried out with parents of children age 0-11years in England. Thematic data analysis revealed two key themes firstly, parents’ beliefs on physical activity, physical education and physical literacy and secondly, parents’ perception of their involvement in developing their child’s physical literacy and the potential of initiatives to influence parents’ perceptions. Findings demonstrated that parents’ placed high importance on physical activity and physical education and therefore physical literacy. Parents’ did however express a lack of awareness and understanding of the concept of physical literacy but portrayed interest in initiatives. The primary implications of this study are that initiatives should be appropriately marketed by governments and local authorities and contain information which appeals to parents’. A possible direction for future research may be to repeat the current study using a random sample design in order to gain supportive and unsupportive participants.
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