From randomised controlled trials to compatible, adaptable and scalable school development research - an innovative research design for school based physical activity

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  • Jeppesen, Lise Sohl
  • Søren Smedegaard
  • Louise Stjerne Knudsen
  • Lisbeth Runge Larsen
  • Thomas Skovgaard
  • Lars Breum Skov Christiansen
Introduced in 2014, Danish public schools are obliged to ensure that all pupils are physically active at least 45 minutes on average per day. Research shows that many schools have incorporated more physical activities, but it is challenging to include all children and ensuring sufficient quality of activities. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the preparation of an intervention with the aim of supporting schools and teachers implementing a physical active school day for everyone.

Randomised controlled trials are recognised as the most valid design to obtain knowledge on ways to promote new approaches in different settings. However, this design can be criticised for not taking enough consideration of the complexity of the setting. Furthermore, many scientific school interventions are too detached from practice, which makes the value for society small. The design of the current research intervention is based on theoretical concepts of implementation, innovation and psychosocial well-being and will adopt a compatible, adaptable and scalable approach to school based physical activity promotion.

Research results will be targeted practical actions and applicable to in-class activity, activity breaks and PE. It will include outcomes on students’ physical activity, motivation, well-being and learning ability as well as outcomes relevant to school management and development of teaching practices

It is crucial to consider the complex reality of school settings when conducting real-life interventions, and innovative study designs must
Original languageEnglish
Publication date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event7th ISPAH Congress - Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Oct 201817 Oct 2018


Conference7th ISPAH Congress
LocationQueen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom
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