Learning From the Experts: Exploring Playground Experience and Activities Using a Write and Draw Technique



Knowles, Zoe Rebecca, Parnell, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-0633, Stratton, Gareth and Ridgers, Nicola Diane
(2013) Learning From the Experts: Exploring Playground Experience and Activities Using a Write and Draw Technique. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 (3). 406 - 415.

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Abstract

<jats:sec sec-type="background"><jats:title>Background:</jats:title><jats:p>Qualitative research into the effect of school recess on children’s physical activity is currently limited. This study used a write and draw technique to explore children’s perceptions of physical activity opportunities during recess.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec sec-type="methods"><jats:title>Methods:</jats:title><jats:p>299 children age 7−11 years from 3 primary schools were enlisted. Children were grouped into Years 3 &amp; 4 and Years 5 &amp; 6 and completed a write and draw task focusing on likes and dislikes. Pen profiles were used to analyze the data.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec sec-type="results"><jats:title>Results:</jats:title><jats:p>Results indicated ‘likes’ focused on play, positive social interaction, and games across both age groups but showed an increasing dominance of games with an appreciation for being outdoors with age. ‘Dislikes’ focused on dysfunctional interactions linked with bullying, membership, equipment, and conflict for playground space. Football was a dominant feature across both age groups and ‘likes/dislikes’ that caused conflict and dominated the physically active games undertaken.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec sec-type="conclusion"><jats:title>Conclusion:</jats:title><jats:p>Recess was important for the development of conflict management and social skills and contributed to physical activity engagement. The findings contradict suggestions that time spent in recess should be reduced because of behavioral issues.</jats:p></jats:sec>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 10:45
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 04:11
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.10.3.406
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3034140