A qualitative study of school leader experiences adopting and implementing a whole of school physical activity and sedentary behaviour programme: Transform-Us!

Cassar, Samuel, Salmon, Jo, Timperio, Anna, Koch, Sofie and Koorts, Harriet 2020, A qualitative study of school leader experiences adopting and implementing a whole of school physical activity and sedentary behaviour programme: Transform-Us!, Health education, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.1108/HE-05-2020-0031.

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Title A qualitative study of school leader experiences adopting and implementing a whole of school physical activity and sedentary behaviour programme: Transform-Us!
Author(s) Cassar, SamuelORCID iD for Cassar, Samuel orcid.org/0000-0001-6968-7910
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Koch, Sofie
Koorts, HarrietORCID iD for Koorts, Harriet orcid.org/0000-0003-1303-6064
Journal name Health education
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020-10-26
ISSN 0965-4283
1758-714X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Physical activity
Sedentary behaviour
Implementation
Adoption
School leadership
Children
Summary Purpose Little is known about the experiences of school leaders adopting and implementing real-world, scaled-up physical activity interventions in the Australian educational system. Transform-Us! is a novel physical activity and sedentary behaviour intervention available to all primary schools in Victoria, Australia, since September 2018. This study explored barriers and facilitators experienced by school leaders during the adoption and early implementation phases of Transform-Us!. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative study involving seven semi-structured telephone interviews with school leaders implementing Transform-Us! in primary schools in Victoria, Australia. Interview schedules were developed based on the theoretical domains framework (TDF). Interviews were coded using a framework analysis approach. Findings Four key themes emerged relating to ten of the 14 TDF domains. Themes included: knowledge, goals, implementation factors and leadership. School leaders play a central role in creating a positive implementation environment including the delivery setting (classroom) and a supportive culture (knowledge sharing) in the school. The application of the TDF to the study bridges the gap between theory and practice and identifies potential future implementation strategies which may be further tested in professional practice future studies. Recommendations for increased adoption and sustained implementation related to seven core areas: presence of a school/programme champion(s); collaborative knowledge sharing; online training; school-based workshops; promotion of behavioural and mental health outcomes; teacher autonomy in delivery; and a supportive implementation environment. Originality/value School leaders have a unique scope to influence the adoption and implementation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions. This study outlines specific barriers and facilitators for implementation of a physical activity programme in the Australian educational setting and offers recommendations for programme optimisation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/HE-05-2020-0031
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30145257

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
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