19 November 2012
Inclusive team games in the Danish schools
Aim of the project
The aim of this project is to clarify what characterizes inclusive team games, and to investigate how inclusive team games can make participation among the pupils in physical education possible and thereby improve social inclusion.
The overall research question is:
How can inclusive team games contribute to creation of a meaningful community of practice, which improve the possibilities for participation?
The target group is three 6th grade classes in a public school in Copenhagen.
Description of the project
In August 2014 a new school reform took place in the Danish public schools. A focus point in the Danish public school reform is to create better and more physical activity in daily life. The aim is to contribute to improvement of the pupils’ learning, health and well-being. Several studies have shown that participation in physical activity has positive impact on exactly these parameters. And it is therefore very important how the physical activity is conducted. Danish and international literature has shown that not all pupils feel well and included in physical education. There is a need for further studies in how physical education and team games can contribute to promote a meaningful participation and social inclusion.
An intervention over 8 weeks will be conducted in a Danish public school. Three classes at 6th grade will participate in inclusive team games with Ultimate Frisbee as an example. The classes will furthermore undergo teaching in fair play. The pupils will be observed during the 8 weeks of intervention, and thereafter all the pupils will be interviewed in 12 focus groups.