The implementation of the Smart Moves daily physical activity program in Queensland state primary schools

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Williams, Natasha and Wilson-Gahan, Susan. 2013. "The implementation of the Smart Moves daily physical activity program in Queensland state primary schools." Mooney, Amanda and Quay, John (ed.) 28th ACHPER International Conference (ACHPER 2013): A Defining Time. Melbourne, Australia 27 - 29 Nov 2013 Hindmarsh, South Australia.
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The implementation of the Smart Moves daily physical activity program in Queensland state primary schools

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsWilliams, Natasha (Author) and Wilson-Gahan, Susan (Author)
EditorsMooney, Amanda and Quay, John
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 28th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation International Conference (ACHPER 2013)
Year2013
Place of PublicationHindmarsh, South Australia
ISBN9780646911564
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.achper.org.au/professionallearning/past-international-conference-proceedings/2013-international-conference-proceedings
Conference/Event28th ACHPER International Conference (ACHPER 2013): A Defining Time
Event Details
28th ACHPER International Conference (ACHPER 2013): A Defining Time
Event Date
27 to end of 29 Nov 2013
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

In 2006, the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) instigated a mandatory daily physical activity program for implementation in Queensland state schools following recommendations from a Ministerial Review of Sport and Physical Activity. The daily physical activity program is referred to as Smart Moves.
This research seeks to determine if teachers are implementing Smart Moves as per the mandated requirements and the extent to which the program is being implemented in Queensland state primary schools. In order to make these determinations, a mixed methods approach was used to collect data from Queensland state primary school teachers required to implement Smart Moves. A survey questionnaire was disseminated and face-to-face interviews were conducted. The data collected has been analysed and the findings discussed.
There have been a number of limitations affiliated with the data collection and subsequent analysis and discussion of this project. The results are recorded with these limitations in mind.
The major finding of the research is Queensland state primary school teachers are not implementing Smart Moves as per the mandated requirements. This has been attributed to a number of reasons, however, the most significant is the lack of time available to provide opportunities for the students to engage in daily physical activity. Generally, teachers are aware of the benefits of daily physical activity, and acknowledge the elements that enable them to include physical activity in their program.
The implication of this research suggests that the parameters of the daily physical activity requirements need to be reviewed and further investigation into the implementation of Smart Moves needs to be undertaken. The Smart Moves program, in its current form, is not being implemented in Queensland state primary schools as per the mandated requirements.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520107. Sport and exercise psychology
390304. Primary education
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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