"Skolan är en nyckelfaktor för att få barn att röra sig mer"
: en kvalitativ studie om högstadielärares attityder till fysisk aktivitet

  • Caroline Lindelöw
  • Emilia Molin

Student thesis: Bachelor

Abstract

More interventions with physical activity and movement during school time, have positive effects on the students health and performance in class, and reduces the time spent on sedentary activities. Physical activity is a health-promoting activity which decreases the risk of becoming ill in common public diseases and creates good opportunities for the public health. Sedentary lifestyle increases in the society and is a risk factor for developing chronic diseases and further to early death. physically active decreases, regarding both everyday- and intentional activities. The school is a suitable arena for increasing the physical activity, since it contains a wide target group and can offer equal conditions. The aim was to study secondary teachers attitudes to physical activity and movements during the school time for students in age 13-16, as a health-promoting intervention for a good public health. The empirical data was collected through individual interviews and a final focus group interview with the same participants. Further an inductive qualitative content analysis was conducted. The result showed that the participants were aware of the positive effects of physical activity on the students health, but the individual teacher wasn't responsible to implement more physical activity at school time. physical activity was connected to pulse-raising activities, which should be scheduled or should take place outside the lessons, suggested during the breaks and be arranged by a leisure teacher. The responsibility for the students to be less sedentary and more physically active during the school day, lays on other actors than the teachers themselves. The teachers expressed a need to gain deeper understanding and increased knowledge of physical activity and how they could continue with implementation of it to improve the conditions for the students. Increased implementation of physical activity in school with the teachers as a resource, may be of great importance to further public health interventions and individuals health. The result from the study can increase awareness of health promoting interventions, which could be applied in schools for a better public health.

Date of Award2018-Aug-31
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorÅsa Bringsén (Supervisor) & Pär Pettersson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • health promotion
  • physical activity
  • public health
  • school time
  • secondary teachers

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