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Title: What makes young people tick? A qualitative analysis of the beliefs and perceptions of school aged children towards PE and healthy living in "the sickest area of Europe"
Author(s): Cowley, Joe G
Kiely, John
Collins, Dave
Keywords: activity
adolescents
health and wellbeing
physical education
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Citation: Cowley JG, Kiely J & Collins D (2019) What makes young people tick? A qualitative analysis of the beliefs and perceptions of school aged children towards PE and healthy living in "the sickest area of Europe". International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 31 (5), Art. No.: 20170050. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0050
Abstract: Scottish children are reported to be among the least active in the world, additionally Scotland has previously been labelled “the sick man of Europe” on account of its poor health record. In response, the Scottish Government has implemented a range of policies with a strong focus on increasing physical activity (PA), Physical Education (PE) and the integration of health and wellbeing (HWB) with the aim of promoting and sustaining PA throughout life. To date, limited qualitative research exploring pupil perspective of PE lessons and HWB exists. To address this deficit, within this study, focus groups were conducted with 39 secondary school pupils (S1–S2). The findings indicated that delivery of traditional PE lessons, prioritising sporting ability, can act as a participation barrier to pupils who consider themselves “non-sporty”. Accordingly, a shift towards pedagogical models, rather than simply blocks of sports-related activities should be the priority of educators.
DOI Link: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-0050
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