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Title: Young people's knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and physical activity: issues, divides and dilemmas
Authors: Harris, Josephine P.
Cale, Lorraine
Duncombe, Rebecca
Musson, Hayley
Keywords: Young people
Health
Fitness
Physical activity
Physical education
Pupil voice
Pedagogy
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: HARRIS, J. ... et al, 2016. Young people's knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and physical activity: issues, divides and dilemmas. Sport, Education and Society, doi:10.1080/13573322.2016.1228047.
Abstract: Critical discourse analysis was used to explore and discuss data on young people’s knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and physical activity, selected from a wider study which focused on the role of secondary schools in effectively promoting physical activity. A mixed methods approach was utilised, involving an online survey to teachers in all state secondary schools in the UK (n  = 603 responding schools) and case studies centred on eight randomly selected state secondary schools from nine Government regions across England. Within each case study school, teacher interviews and pupil focus groups were conducted involving 17 teachers and 132 children aged 12–15 years, respectively. The healthism discourse was evident in the way young people talked about health, fitness and physical activity and two key themes emerged, these being: (i) issues with young people’s knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and physical activity in the form of reductive, limited and limiting conceptions; conceptual confusion; a preoccupation with appearance, weight, fat, shape and size; limited progression in learning; and complexities in understandings; and (ii) divides between young people’s health knowledge and health behaviour, and dilemmas underpinning these divides. Improved understanding of issues with young people’s knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and physical activity and of divides and dilemmas regarding associated behaviours should assist in developing critical pedagogies which challenge the dominance and stability of the healthism discourse and more effectively promote healthy, active lifestyles amongst young people.
Description: This paper is closed access until 3rd March 2018.
Sponsor: British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1228047
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22966
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2016.1228047
ISSN: 1357-3322
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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