Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

iPLAY — Internet-based Professional Learning to Help Teachers Promote Activity in Youth

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The Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (IPPE) at the Australian Catholic University has partnered with the Department of Education School Sport Unit to evaluate the effect of a professional development intervention targeting primary school teachers in NSW. The program is designed to enhance teachers’ confidence and competencies in physical education (PE) and school sport delivery.

iPLAY is also designed to improve students’ fundamental movement skills, and increase opportunities to engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during PE lessons and school sport sessions. The program will also enhance their motivation to not only be physically active during these structured activities, but also during their leisure time (eg lunchtime, after school, and on weekends).

This project represents a unique and valuable opportunity to partner with the Department of Education and other key stakeholders to conduct translational research that has the potential to influence policy and practice.

Indeed, further research on the scalability of the iPlay program was funded in 2016 by the NHMRC, allowing the program to be rolled out to 200 schools in NSW

Researchers: Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale, Professor David Lubans
Start Date: 17 February 2015
End Date: 30 April 2018
Funding Body: Department of Education School Sport Unit

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