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Teacher and pupil perspectives on the use of Virtual Field Trips as physically active lessons.

Norris, E; Shelton, N; Dunsmuir, S; Duke-Williams, O; Stamatakis, E; (2015) Teacher and pupil perspectives on the use of Virtual Field Trips as physically active lessons. BMC Research Notes , 8 (1) , Article 719. 10.1186/s13104-015-1698-3. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) are emerging physically active lessons that combine curriculum content with globe-based movement using interactive whiteboards. No research has yet examined the acceptability of these sessions by target users. This study aimed to (1) assess current physically active lesson teaching practices, (2) assess teacher attitudes towards VFTs and (3) investigate pupil perceptions of VFTs. METHODS: Data was collected from teaching staff interviews (n = 12) and three elementary school pupil focus groups (k = 3, n = 18), with all participants provided with a sample VFT session. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. RESULTS: Teachers described VFTs as a flexible teaching tool, allowing inclusive learning across abilities and a range of taught subjects. They stressed a packed curriculum may make delivering VFT sessions problematic and warned that some teachers may be resistant to their use of technology. Pupils enjoyed the ability to move in the classroom and the ability to share a new teaching experience with their peers. CONCLUSIONS: This work suggests positive attitudes towards VFTs as novel, physically active lessons and identifies potential teacher concerns for consideration in forthcoming intervention planning. Future experimental work will assess if these attitudes persist during longitudinal exposure to VFTs.

Type: Article
Title: Teacher and pupil perspectives on the use of Virtual Field Trips as physically active lessons.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1698-3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1698-3
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Norris et al. Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Virtual Field Trips; Physically active lessons; Qualitative; Schools; Children
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