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Developing physical literacy in school children: from the perspective of teachers in physical education and health
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Physical literacy (PL) is defined as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement inphysical activities for life. The concept has become more prominent during recent years and has also inspired the latest curriculum for physical education and health (PEH) in Sweden. There has not yet been many empirical studies on the concept. The aim of this study was to explore elementary school PEH teachers’ knowledge, understanding and application of the psychological domains of PL. Five PEH teachers working with school children in grades 1-3 were interviewed and the data was analyzed using thematic analysis. Results showed that the teachers were used to teaching knowledge and understanding, and they had strategies to foster confidence but did not have the same systematic approach or understanding of motivation. In addition, the teachers emphasised emotions and social relations as important dimensions in PEH. The implications of this study is that there is a foundation for letting PL influence PEH in Sweden to a greater extent but there are also challenges to this aspiration. More empirical research on implementation of PL is needed.

Abstract [sv]

Rörelserikedom eller ”physical literacy” (PL) definieras som att med motivation, självförtroende, kunskap, förståelse och fysisk kompetens värdesätta och utveckla ett livslångt intresse för fysisk aktivitet. Konceptet har fått stort genomslag under senare år och har också inspirerat den senaste läroplanen för idrott och hälsa i Sverige. Empiriska studier av konceptet har inte ännu gjorts i någon större utsträckning. Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka kunskap, förståelse och tillämpning av de psykologiska domänerna i PL hos idrottslärare i lågstadiet. Fem lärare som undervisar idrott och hälsa i årskurs 1-3 intervjuades och data analyserades genom tematisk analys. Resultatet visade på att lärarna var vana vid att lära ut kunskap och förståelse, de hade strategier för att främja självförtroende men de hade inte samma systematiska angreppssätt eller förståelse för motivation. Utöver detta så betonade lärarna känslornas och de sociala relationernas vikt inom idrott och hälsa. Studien implicerar att det finns underlag för att låta PL influera idrott och hälsa i Sverige i större utsträckning, men det finns också utmaningar till denna strävan. Det behövs mer empirisk forskning på implementering av PL.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
physical literacy, physical education, physical education and health, motivation, confidence, thematic analysis
Keywords [sv]
physical literacy, rörelserikedom, idrott och hälsa, motivation, självförtroende, tematisk analys
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159236OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159236DiVA, id: diva2:1317361
Educational program
Masters Programme in Sports Psychology; Study Programme for University Diploma in Psychology
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Available from: 2019-05-29 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-06-05Bibliographically approved

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