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Moving Physical Activity Beyond the School Classroom: A Social-ecological Insight for Teachers of the facilitators and barriers to students' non-curricular physical activity
Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • Brendon Hyndman, Discipline of Exercise Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University
  • Amanda Telford, Discipline of Exercise Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University
  • Caroline F Finch, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Monash Injury Research Institute, Monash University
  • Amanda C Benson, Discipline of Exercise Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University
DOI
10.14221/ajte.2012v37n2.2
Publication Date
2-1-2012
Abstract
Non-curricular avenues such as active play during school breaks have been established as a major source for children’s physical and cognitive development, yet there is little information for teachers on the influences affecting primary and secondary school students’ non-curricular physical activity. During this study focus groups and drawing were used to explore the broader influences on primary (n=47) and secondary (n=29) school students’ physical activity behaviour beyond the classroom. Barriers and facilitators to children’s physical activity were categorised using a multi-level social-ecological framework incorporating intrapersonal, interpersonal, physical environment and policy factors. Based on the drawings, comparisons between students’ existing play spaces and their perception of their ideal play space were made. Additionally, students depicted what features within a play space would encourage them to be active. The findings of the study indicate secondary school play spaces may need to incorporate more features to facilitate physical activity. The barriers and facilitators identified in this study provide information for teachers and school decision makers to consider when targeting children’s physical activity beyond school classrooms.
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Citation Information
Brendon Hyndman, Amanda Telford, Caroline F Finch and Amanda C Benson. "Moving Physical Activity Beyond the School Classroom: A Social-ecological Insight for Teachers of the facilitators and barriers to students' non-curricular physical activity" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amanda_benson/1/