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ERIC Number: EJ1084008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
A Tale of 2 Teachers: A Preschool Physical Activity Intervention Case Study
Howie, Erin K.; Brewer, Alisa E.; Dowda, Marsha; McIver, Kerry L.; Saunders, Ruth P.; Pate, Russell R.
Journal of School Health, v86 n1 p23-30 Jan 2016
Background: Preschool settings vary greatly, and research has shown that interventions are more successful when they can be adapted to individual settings. This is a descriptive case study of how 2 teachers successfully adapted and implemented a preschool physical activity intervention. Methods: The Study of Health and Activity in Preschool Environments (SHAPES) was a 3-year physical activity intervention. A detailed case study of 2 high-implementing teachers was conducted. Multiple data sources included accelerometry, direct observation, teacher surveys, and intervention staff field notes. Results: Teacher A focused on integrating physical activity into a wide range of activities, including parent and community events. Teacher B focused on high-intensity, structured activities. Both teachers supported the intervention, worked closely with intervention staff, and operated their classroom as an autonomous unit with support from their directors. Teacher A provided an average of 31.5, 78.0, and 67.5 min of physical activity opportunity per day of observation during years 1, 2, and 3. Teacher B provided an average of 2.7, 33.5, and 73.3 minutes of physical activity opportunity per day of observation. Conclusion: Successful implementation of physical activity interventions may look different in different contexts; thus, interventions should allow for flexible implementation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 5R01HD055451; T32GM081740