Changing the Game: Implementing Lifestyle Sports in Schools Through Meaningful Physical Education

Wintle, Jordan ORCID: 0000-0002-1195-4964 (2024) Changing the Game: Implementing Lifestyle Sports in Schools Through Meaningful Physical Education. In: AIESEP International Conference 2024, 14-18th May 2024, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. (Unpublished)

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Lifestyle sports such as parkour, skateboarding and BMX have experienced high growth in participation during the 21st century, yet, despite their popularity, have struggled to feature heavily in physical education curricula across the globe. This action research project, positioned in the pragmatic research paradigm, implemented two units of lifestyle sports (parkour and a CrossFit/Kickboxing hybrid) in two English secondary schools (48 pupils aged 11-13 years) taught by the lead researcher over an 8-week period, using pedagogies aligned to the meaningful physical education approach. Data was collected using a multi-mixed-methods approach that included pre and post-unit pupil questionnaires (aligned to meaningful physical education), lesson plans and resources, structured observations by an observing teacher, teacher-researcher reflections, post-unit pupil focus groups and teacher-observer interviews. Data analysis of the quantitative questionnaire data was completed through a range of inferential statistics, and the qualitative data was analysed using thematic analysis. In this presentation, I share some of the overall findings of the project, with statistically significant quantitative results for many elements of meaningful physical education, as well as key themes relating to the potential for lifestyle sports in physical education, the importance of matching the activity with the approach and the potential challenges of integrating lifestyle sports into physical education. Finally, I make recommendations for practice and future research in this area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The Book of abstracts : The 2024 AIESEP International Conference “Past meets the Future” : University of Jyväskylä 13.5.2024-17.5.2024 is available under a CC-BY license using the publisher link below. The abstract for Jordan Wintle's paper is on page 209.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lifestyle sports; Meaningful physical education
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Jordan Wintle
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 10:29
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 09:00

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