Barriers to implementation of physical activity in Danish public schools

Koch, Sofie, Troelsen, Jens, Cassar, Samuel and Pawlowski, Charlotte Skau 2020, Barriers to implementation of physical activity in Danish public schools, Journal of teaching in physical education, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1123/jtpe.2019-0158.

Title Barriers to implementation of physical activity in Danish public schools
Author(s) Koch, Sofie
Troelsen, Jens
Cassar, SamuelORCID iD for Cassar, Samuel
Pawlowski, Charlotte Skau
Journal name Journal of teaching in physical education
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 0273-5024
Keyword(s) mixed methods
school staff
socioecological model
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jtpe.2019-0158
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Field of Research 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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