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Social competence and moderate to vigorous physical activity of school-aged children through a creative physical education intervention

Grasten, A ORCID: 0000-0002-9598-7949, Kokkonen, M, Quay, J and Kokkonen, J 2019 , 'Social competence and moderate to vigorous physical activity of school-aged children through a creative physical education intervention' , Advances in Physical Education , pp. 1-16 .

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Traditional school physical education focuses on physical skills or strategieswith an expectation that learning these skills lead to healthier lifestyle outsidephysical education classes, while children’s overall moderate to vigorousphysical activity (MVPA) is widely decreasing. Creative Physical Education(CPE) understands physical education more holistically, as the central pedagogical element of movement is social learning. The current study examinedthe development of social competence in school physical education (PE) andtotal moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) participation through aCPE-based intervention. Participants were 363 (177 intervention, 186 control) children from public elementary schools in Central Finland. The datacollection was completed across two measurement points using questionnaires. The key findings were that: 1) the associations between social competence and MVPA engagement were relatively weak and 2) the 12-month intervention was effective in increasing students’ social competence in PE andtotal MVPA engagement. CPE teaching practices could provide positive social experiences in PE. However, applying new strategies into actual schoolsettings may take time, and therefore, children need to be given sufficienttimeframe to take ownership of the activities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grasten, A and Kokkonen, M and Quay, J and Kokkonen, J
Keywords: development, student-centered, pedagogy, longitudinal, multi-level model
Journal or Publication Title: Advances in Physical Education
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.
ISSN: 2164-0386
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