Children 's Physical Activity Levels During Primary School

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Powell, Woodfield and Nevill (2015) produced an article entitled ‘Children’s physical activity levels during primary school break times: a quantitative and qualitative research design.’ The purpose of the article is to investigate the “diversity of primary school children’s physical activity” during outdoor recess. The research was carried out in two phases; phase one was the quantitative phase; the quantitative phase relied on the gathering of observational data using the System for Observing Children’s Activity and Relationships during Play (SOCARP) tool (Ridgers et al. 2010), this tool is used to monitor the behaviour of school children during their break time; splitting their actions into four subgroups, activity levels, group size, activity type and social interactions. The quantitative phase was followed by a qualitative phase, Menter et al. (2011) comment on how following a quantitative investigation with a qualitative one can help to illuminate the emerging themes found from within the quantitative data. The qualitative data gathering involved children participating in group interviews with questions such as ‘What do you enjoy/not enjoy doing at break time?’, ‘How active/busy do you think you are at break time?’ These questions provided a verbal discussion, from which the observer was able to gather information regarding the children’s perceptions and experiences from their time spent in the school playground.

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