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Dalhousie researchers looking to speak with Grade 8 phys-ed students

Groups of 3 to 5 students attending English first-language public schools will meet for a one hour focus group
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A team at Dalhousie University is looking to speak with Grade 8 students about their experiences with physical education at school.

Groups of 3 to 5 students attending English first-language public schools will meet for a one hour focus group.

"We're really interested in how they are experiencing physical education," explained lead researcher Jeffery Zahavich. "What are they taking from that class and bringing into their own life outside of school."

He told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show, that age group was picked because the kids are right in the middle of their adolescent years.

"Statistics in Nova Scotia show Grade 8 is roughly when we see that biggest drop off in being physically active and obviously there's a number of influences out there, so we're looking at trying to explore and figure out what's going on or what's not going on."

This is phase one of the study; phase two will focus on the experiences of teachers.

He hopes to have all the data collected before the end of the school year so he can spend the summer and analyzing the information.

"My goal for this research is to have some sort of tangible report that's easy to read, and hopefully from there, have some recommendations that can be implemented," Zahavich said.

Those who participate will get a $25 gift card for SportChek.

Anyone interested can get more information by emailing zahavich@dal.ca.




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