Physical Activities during School and Leisure
Children and young people's daily physical activity consists of several different types of games, sport and transport activities in different everyday settings such as, schools, sports clubs, and after school day-care.
This cluster examines these everyday contexts and the different norms, rules and resources for movement activities they contain, in order to improve them. The overall aim of the cluster is to create knowledge about what is important for both the amount of physical activity and the experience and lessons learned from them among children and young people.
The research has two main focal points
One focus is how important social, cultural and psychological factors in interplay shape children and young people's movement activity.
The other focus is what impact various movement activities have for psychological and social factors such as learning, well-being, motivation, social relationships, citizenship and inclusion.
Main topics and target groups
Following the new school reform, the potentials and challenges associated with different contexts for children's movement activities in school and leisure time is examined. In PE there are, for example, major challenges involving sports unfamiliar children. Little knowledge exists about how the school reforms supportive hours and required 45 minutes of daily activity are performed at its best. This is both in relation to the school's resources and opportunities for anchoring, and in relation to what would best support children's joy of movement, motivation, wellbeing, and learning.
Both dropouts from secondary education and physical inactivity are common issues among young people. In the cluster upper secondary schools and vocational schools are examined as contexts for physical activity and sport. One focus is the use of sport as a method to strengthening social relationships and well-being and thus retention in education. It requires both examination of the potentials and problems related to PE as well as experimenting with possible ways of enhancing it. Issues of importance to youth movement culture and activity in leisure time are also examined.