Pedometer intervention among 4th graders – Pedometers as pedagogical practise to enhance children’s wellbeing in formal and informal contexts.

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  1. Henna Mikkola, University of Oulu, Finland
  2. Kari Kumpulainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  3. Ari Rahikkala, University of Oulu, Finland

Tuesday, March 8 4:30 PM-5:00 PM

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While new information and communication technologies have become a part of our daily lives, children’s and adolescents’ physical activity (PA) has decreased according to many studies. The aim of the study reported here was to investigate pedometers as a pedagogical practice to increase the physical activity of children. The testees in this study (N=20) were 4th grade pupils in a Finnish school. Questionnaires, group interview and data from pedometers were used as methods to collect research data. Most pupils (75 %) felt that the pedometer made them pay more attention to their physical activity during the intervention. It seems that the pupils were more active at the beginning of the intervention; boys were less active than girls. All teachers should be aware of how technology can be used to enhance children’s wellbeing and to awaken children pay more attention to their physical activity habits.

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