Advanced search

Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents

Greet Cardon (UGent) , Leen Haerens (UGent) , Stefanie Verstraete (UGent) and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij (UGent)
Author
Organization
Abstract
The present study aimed to investigate how classroom-based self-management lessons to promote physical activity were perceived by students, teachers, and parents. The self-management lessons were implemented by an external physical education specialist in 20 class groups at eight elementary schools. Program perceptions were evaluated in 412 children (mean age 9.7 +/- 0.7) using a short questionnaire. Oral surveys were used with 20 teachers and 50 parent participants. Most children were enthusiastic about the program and more than half of them reported being more active. Teachers and parents also perceived the lessons as useful and half of them reported an improvement in children's physical activity awareness. Eighty percent of the teachers and 32% of the parents perceived an increase in children's physical activity levels. The SPARK self-management physical activity program appears to promote an active lifestyle in children and was positively received; the implementation of the program by the teachers needs further evaluation.
Keywords
Fitness, People, Efficacy, Students, Behavior, Education, Intervention, Children, Health-Promotion, physical activity, Enhancing Physical-Activity, health promotion, intervention

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Cardon, Greet, Leen Haerens, Stefanie Verstraete, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij. 2009. “Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents.” Journal of Teaching in Physical Education 28 (2): 141–154.
APA
Cardon, G., Haerens, L., Verstraete, S., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2009). Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents. JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, 28(2), 141–154.
Vancouver
1.
Cardon G, Haerens L, Verstraete S, De Bourdeaudhuij I. Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents. JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION. 1607 N MARKET ST, PO BOX 5076, CHAMPAIGN, IL 61820-2200 USA: HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC; 2009;28(2):141–54.
MLA
Cardon, Greet, Leen Haerens, Stefanie Verstraete, et al. “Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents.” JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION 28.2 (2009): 141–154. Print.
@article{667607,
  abstract     = {The present study aimed to investigate how classroom-based self-management lessons to promote physical activity were perceived by students, teachers, and parents. The self-management lessons were implemented by an external physical education specialist in 20 class groups at eight elementary schools. Program perceptions were evaluated in 412 children (mean age 9.7 +/- 0.7) using a short questionnaire. Oral surveys were used with 20 teachers and 50 parent participants. Most children were enthusiastic about the program and more than half of them reported being more active. Teachers and parents also perceived the lessons as useful and half of them reported an improvement in children's physical activity awareness. Eighty percent of the teachers and 32\% of the parents perceived an increase in children's physical activity levels. The SPARK self-management physical activity program appears to promote an active lifestyle in children and was positively received; the implementation of the program by the teachers needs further evaluation.},
  author       = {Cardon, Greet and Haerens, Leen and Verstraete, Stefanie and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse},
  issn         = {0273-5024},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {Fitness,People,Efficacy,Students,Behavior,Education,Intervention,Children,Health-Promotion,physical activity,Enhancing Physical-Activity,health promotion,intervention},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {141--154},
  publisher    = {HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC},
  title        = {Perceptions of a School-Based Self-Management Program Promoting an Active Lifestyle Among Elementary Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Parents},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2009},
}

Web of Science
Times cited: