Linking secondary school physical education with community sport and recreation for girls: A process evaluation
- Authors: Casey, Meghan , Telford, Amanda , Mooney, Amanda , Harvey, Jack , Eime, Rochelle , Payne, Warren
- Date: 2014
- Type: Text , Journal article
- Relation: BMC Public Health Vol. 14, no. 1039 (2014), p. 1-14
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- Description: Background: The purpose of this study was to undertake a process evaluation to examine the reach, adoption and implementation of a school-community linked physical activity (PA) program for girls aged 12 - 15 years (School Years 7 - 9) using the RE-AIM framework. Methods. Various approaches were used to assess 'reach', 'adoption' and implementation: (a) a school environment survey of intervention schools (n = 6); (b) teacher feedback regarding the professional development component (91.1% response rate) and lesson implementation (60.8% response rate); and (c) post-intervention focus group interviews with physical education (PE) teachers (n = 29), students (n = 125), coaches (n = 13) and instructors (n = 8) regarding program experiences. Results: Reach and Adoption: Seven schools (n = 1491 Year 7-9 female student enrolment; 70% adoption rate), five tennis clubs, eight football clubs and five leisure centres participated in the program during 2011. Implementation: Program design and professional development opportunities (training, resource manual and opportunities to work with coaches and instructors during PE classes) supported implementation and student engagement in PA. However, there was a lack of individual and organisational readiness to adopt program principles. For some deliverers there were deeply embedded ideologies that were not aligned with the Game Sense teaching approach upon which the program was based. Further, cognitive components of the program such as self-management were not widely adopted as other components of the program tended to be prioritised. Conclusion: The program design and resources supported the success of the program, however, some aspects were not implemented as intended, which may have affected the likelihood of achieving further positive outcomes. Barriers to program implementation were identified and should be considered when designing school-community linked interventions. In particular, future programs should seek to assess and adjust for organizational readiness within the study design. For example, shared commitment and abilities of program deliverers to implement the program needs to be determined to support program implementation. Trial registration. ACTRN12614000446662. April 30th 2014.
'Girls get going' : Using Game Sense to promote sport partication amongst adolescent girls in rural and regional contexts
- Authors: Mooney, Amanda , Casey, Meghan
- Date: 2014
- Type: Text , Book chapter
- Relation: Contemporary developments in games teaching Chapter 7 p. 103-117
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- Description: Albert Einstein once defined the term 'insanity' as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Whilst we are not advocating that attempts to address issues surrounging girls' physical activity (PA) participation are in vain or that all attempts have been similare in nature, we do acknowledge that these concerns, and research conceived to address these issues, are not particularly new. In fact, many authors have discussed the reported decline in PA participation by adolescent girls (and the reasons for this) both within Australian contexts (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Garrett 2004; Slater and Tiggemann 2010; Wright, Macdonald and Groom 2003) and internationally (Flintoff and Scraton 2001; O'Donovan and Kirk 2008). More recently, similar trends have been highlighted in research conducted in Australian rural and regional contexts (Barnett et al. 2002; Casey, Eime, Payne and Harvey 2009).