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Barriers to Implementation of Physical Activity in Danish Public Schools

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posted on 2021-07-01, 00:00 authored by Sofie Koch, Jens Troelsen, Samuel Cassar, Charlotte Skau Pawlowski
Purpose: In 2014, the Danish Government introduced a new public school reform, which included implementation of 45 min of daily physical activity (PA) within the academic classroom curriculum. The purpose of the present study was to explore school staff’s perceived barriers to implementation of a national PA policy. Method: A mixed-methods approach using a questionnaire and semistructured interviews was conducted. A total of 198 teachers and 26 school management team members (principals, deputy principals, and leading teachers) from 31 schools completed a questionnaire, and 11 school management team members were interviewed. The socioecological model was used as a theoretical framework to examine the results. Results: A total of 15 different barriers were identified and reflected within all levels of the socioecological model. Facilities, motivation, and time were the most prominent barriers identified. Conclusion: Development and deployment of a national PA policy needs to be done in cooperation with consumers from all levels within the socioecological model to ensure successful implementation.

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Journal

Journal of Teaching in Physical Education

Volume

40

Issue

3

Pagination

493 - 502

Publisher

Human Kinetics

ISSN

0273-5024

eISSN

1543-2769

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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