Indoor school environments, physical activity, sitting behaviour and pedagogy: a scoping review

Ucci, Marcella, Law, Stephen, Andrews, Richard, Fisher, Abi, Smith, Lee, Sawyer, Alexia and Marmot, Alexi (2015) Indoor school environments, physical activity, sitting behaviour and pedagogy: a scoping review. Building Research & Information, 43 (5). pp. 566-581. ISSN 0961-3218

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Physical activity levels in children are low and sitting time high, despite the health benefits of regular physical activity and limited sitting. Children spend a large proportion of their time at school, hence school-based interventions targeting physical activity and sitting behaviour may be important. Whilst some aspects of school buildings, their layout and furniture may influence children's physical activity and sitting, these effects could be intertwined with pedagogical approaches. This scoping review aims to identify gaps in the research literature regarding the influence of the indoor school environment on pedagogical approaches and on physical activity and sitting. In primary schools, it was found that physical activity can be integrated into lessons with some benefits on academic behaviour and possibly academic performance. Overall, however, the role of the indoor built environment is poorly investigated, although a handful of studies suggest that a radical change in primary school classrooms may increase physical activity and that stand-biased desks may be promising. This study provides a contribution to the emerging research fields of ‘active design’ from the perspective of indoor school design, highlighting a dearth of research, especially on sitting and for secondary education, and a lack of relevant conceptual frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: active design,built environment,children,education,pedagogy,physical activity,schools,sedentary behaviour,sitting
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Critical Cultural Studies In Education
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 12:01
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:11
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1004275


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