S84| Volume 24, SUPPLEMENT 1, S10, November 2021

Empowering the future generation of teachers to promote optimal academic outcomes through physical activity: Transform-Ed!

      Objective: The physical activity levels of children in Australia are critically low and correlate with reduced academic achievement and poor health outcomes. Schools provide an ideal setting for physical activity interventions to help children move more. However, a lack of time and teacher overload are consistently mentioned as barriers to the sustained implementation of physical activity programs by teachers in schools. We know the quality of initial or pre-service teacher education has a significant impact on learning and teaching outcomes more broadly, but little is known about the implementation and effectiveness of embedding physical activity interventions in initial teacher education. Transform- Ed! is a novel active pedagogy intervention embedded in initial teacher education. It equips future teachers with innovative strategies to promote optimal academic outcomes through meaningful physical activity in the classroom. Framed by implementation science, this research investigated the reach, effectiveness, adoption, adaption, implementation and maintenance of the Transform-Ed! program, when embedded within the first year of an Australian Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree. A further aim was to provide guidance for the scale-up of the program.
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