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ERIC Number: EJ1187978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Using Participatory Approaches with Children to Better Understand Their Physical Activity Behaviour
Hayball, Felicity Z.L.; Pawlowski, Charlotte Skau
Health Education Journal, v77 n5 p542-554 Aug 2018
Aims and objectives: The importance of childhood physical activity is widely recognised. Helping children to articulate their opinions is a crucial factor in improving their health and well-being, yet the field is predominantly focused on adult-led quantitative methods and lacks deeper understanding from a child perspective. Methods: This paper draws on experiences from a Danish study in which children depicted their physical activity behaviour in go-along group interviews in schoolyards (n = 111), and a Scottish study in which children photographed or drew meaningful places and discussed physical activity in these places (n = 25). Results: The benefits and challenges associated with using participatory methods to understand how children perceive the environment in relation to their physical activity behaviour are described. Conclusion: Findings contribute to the literature by suggesting that participatory approaches are valuable in capturing children's perceptions of physical activity behaviour in outdoor environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland); Denmark