Scientists develop qualification programme for the promotion of physical activity among pupils together with people working in all-day schools
The school system in Germany is constantly developing. Due to the All-day Promotion Act, significantly more all-day places and thus additional staff will be needed at primary schools in the coming years. The topic of "movement, play and sport" is becoming very important, as physical activity plays a central role in growing up healthy. A kick-off event at Paderborn University has now marked the start of the project "Progress in and through movement, play and sport in the primary school day" (FiBSS). Researchers from the department of "Childhood and Youth Research in Sport" are developing a qualification programme for the pedagogical staff at all-day primary schools in a participatory process during the current school year. The researchers were able to win over four primary schools in Paderborn for the project, which is supported by Dirk Happe and the City of Paderborn's School Administration and Sports Office: Sande Primary School, Lutherschule, Karlschule and Kaukenberg Primary School.
"Current data show that a lack of physical activity is increasingly widespread in childhood. Physical activity opportunities and programmes with developmental potential for children are demanding and therefore require appropriately qualified staff in all-day school settings," says Prof. Dr. Miriam Kehne, Head of the Department of Childhood and Youth Research in Sport, who is leading the pilot project together with Dr. Anne Strotmeyer. The aim of the project is to make a scientifically validated contribution to the promotion of physical activity through the qualification of pedagogical staff. One of the quality criteria is that the pupils move more often and enjoy it.
Since the perspective and the existing knowledge of the pedagogical staff in all-day schools are key factors in the project work, the team, which also includes Dr Nicole Satzinger and Ida Noetzel, is developing the programme together with actors from practice. "We will develop, implement and evaluate the qualification from a scientific and practical perspective, so that a qualification is created that supports the pedagogically active staff in the promotion of physical activity in all-day schools and can also be used as a satellite in other all-day primary schools," says Strotmeyer. The interface between the participants from science and practice is the university's movement, play and sport laboratory (besslab).
Important contribution to the healthy upbringing of children
At the centre of the FiBSS project is a scientifically based conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation work that takes place in close dialogue between science and practice. First, the researchers take stock and conduct surveys on framework conditions, structures and needs from practice. On this basis, the second step is to design an appropriate qualification for the pedagogically active staff. In doing so, interdependencies are to be investigated so that subsequently a profitable qualification can be integrated into practice. Following on from the findings, follow-up studies are planned in this research project. In this way, an important contribution can be made to a healthy upbringing of the children.
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