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Author Powell.

Title Systematic Observation of Physical Activity and Children?s Group Interviews : Can a Mixed-Methods Design Assist in the Depth and Breadth of the Researchers? Understanding in Community Health Research? / Powell
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Sage Publications Ltd, 2017
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Summary I commenced my PhD studies in 2012 with the main aim being to research the efficacy of interventions to increase childrens physical activity during the primary school day. This case study provides an account of the methodological considerations relating to the first study of four in the overall thesis, in which the main aim for Study 1 was to assess childrens physical activity levels and social behaviors during primary school break times. At a later stage, these data were used to design a playground intervention to increase childrens physical activity levels. Therefore, to gain a comprehensive understanding of childrens break time physical activity behaviors, I utilized a mixed-methods design which allowed me to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. Having previously been a primary school teacher, I understood the importance of spending time in the school setting not only observing the behaviors of the children at break times but also listening to their ideas and accounts of their break time experiences. Two particular methods allowed me to do this: (1) the System for Observing Childrens Activity and Relationships during Play (SOCARP) (Ridgers et al., 2011), a systematic observation tool; and (2) childrens group interviews. The case study discusses the practicalities of each method, taking into consideration the advantages and challenges of integrating both qualitative and quantitative data. Ultimately, the combination of the methods allowed for the strengths of each to be brought together through the use of a convergent parallel mixed-methods design (Creswell, 2011), providing a stronger understanding of the research problem
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Subject Exercise for children -- Research -- Case studies.
Mixed methods research -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1473991048