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QUALITATIVE STUDIES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LABORATORY

Head of Laboratory: Lars Domino Østergaard, Associate Professor.

AIM

The laboratory focuses on research related to how and in which way physical activity contributes to our daily lives. Physical activity, defined as body movements produced by skeletal muscles requiring energy expenditure, is not only important for the physical health but also for the mental health, well-being, self-efficacy, and motivation for learning as well as topics related to human and social science in a general sense. Following these aims, qualitative research contributes to clarify, explore and explain relations between physical activity and human behaviour from humanistic and social perspectives.

An important part of the research carried out by the team focuses on human physical activity in relation to work, sports, education or leisure time. The researchers primarily use qualitative data collected as in situ observations and interviews complemented from time to time by quantitative data like accelerometry.

                               


MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

  1. Physical activity as part of the Inquiry-Based Learning approach
  2. Physical activity, motivation and learning in primary and secondary school
  3. Physical activity and movement integration: Categories of physical activities in school
  4. Talent development, recognition and respect in an organisational perspective 
  5. Creativity as a mean for learning and physical development

KEY COLLABORATORS

AAU, Applied Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory (Ass. Prof. Franch, Ass. Prof. Larsen)

  • University of Southern Denmark (Ass. Prof. Elbæk)
  • FIIBL (Forsknings- og innovationscenter for idræt, bevægelse og læring) (Ass. Prof. Skovgaard)
  • University College Nordjylland (Dr. Elmose, Dr. Stidsen)
  • AaB (Allan Gaarde, Martin Langergaard)
  • DGI Nordjylland (Peter Otto Thomsen, Mads Pedersen)

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