'Nature is awepic, that means awesome and epic together'. A critical examination of the green exercise experience in UK Primary schools.
ISPAH ePoster Library. Smith L. Oct 16, 2018; 225274
Lucy Smith
Lucy Smith
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In the UK an increasing number of children are experiencing stress; with little resilience to stressful life events. Green Exercise (GE) (physical activity whilst exposed to nature) has been demonstrated to improve resilience and reduce stress in adults; however, there is a lack of research exploring whether GE can improve resilience in children. Additionally, the potential mechanisms by which GE might improve resilience are not fully understood. This projects’ aim is to develop a theoretical model which unravels these mechanisms. This could be used to create an evidence based GE resilience intervention for children. Method: This study uses an ethnographic design. Two primary schools have been selected for in depth observations via a case study methodology; these schools already advocate GE via forest schools, nature play grounds, and movement in nature. A rich understanding of how these may improve resilience, the mechanisms by which they do this and an identification of potential barriers will be acquired through lesson observations and focus groups with students, parents and teaching staff. Other nature based settings and schools using a nature based curriculum will be visited.Preliminary Results and Conclusions: Qualitative analysis that identifies themes generated through constant comparison thematic analysis will be presented. These themes will update the current theoretical understanding of how green exercise can serve as a school based resilience intervention for children.
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