Psykomotorisk undervisning i folkeskoleklasser

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Psychomotricity in Danish Elementary School classes
Sedentary behavior can be viewed as an independent risk factor for many diseases. For school children sedentary behaviors occur during school time and during leisure time, and thus in Denmark children generally are at risk spending a large proportion of their day in sedentary behaviors.
A higher focus on physical activity is part of the new reform of the Danish municipal primary and secondary school. Together with other assisted learning activities, the purpose of physical activity is to develop the pupils’ receptiveness to education by working with their social skills, all round development, motivation and well-being.
Apart from promoting health, it has been shown that physical activity has effects on both the cognitive function as well as well-being of the pupils, and thus affects the learning of the pupils in a positive way.
The relation between physical activity and mental health is central in psychomotor therapy, and the purpose of the present study is to investigate the effects of a 10-week intervention period, including psychomotor therapy-based activities with Danish schoolchildren.
The intervention includes experience-oriented psychomotor therapy, including group-based activities and body awareness exercises with guidance and encouragement of the psychomotor therapist, and with a reflective approach. The intervention is supposed to increase well-being, social competence and positive mental health of the schoolchildren.
The study will use a 10-week cross-over design with a control group, and measurement will be made before and after the intervention period. The intervention will take place in three school classes and two other classes will serve as a control group. The pupils involved is approximatively 13-14 years old.
Quantitative measurements will include questionnaire scales on well-being, positive mental health and social competences, and furthermore qualitative data will be collected by the use of observations, interviews and focus group interviews.
StatusUdgivet - 2016


  • psykomotorik
  • skoleelever