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Sirpa Sneck, Sanna Järvelä, Heidi Syväoja & Tuija Tammelin (2022) Pupils’ experiences and perceptions of engagement during the Moving Maths programme, Education 3-13, 50:3, 419-434, DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2020.1857816

Pupils’ experiences and perceptions of engagement during the Moving Maths programme

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Author: Sneck, Sirpa1,2; Järvelä, Sanna2; Syväoja, Heidi1;
Organizations: 1LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Jyväskylä, Finland
2Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-10


This study investigated pupil experiences and perceptions of two kinds of classroom-based physically active math lessons during the Moving Maths programme in a Finnish primary school context. Qualitative data were gathered in focus group interviews with 16 nine-year-old pupils. Pupils in the group with physically active breaks during math lessons expressed mixed experiences, while pupils in the group with physical activity (PA) integrated into math curriculum experienced increased positive emotional and cognitive engagement. It is concluded that integrating PA into mathematics lessons is a feasible pedagogical method, especially in the form of PA integrated into math curriculum goals.

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Series: Education 3-13
ISSN: 0300-4279
ISSN-E: 1475-7575
ISSN-L: 0300-4279
Volume: 50
Issue: 3
Pages: 419 - 434
DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2020.1857816
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The study is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, under grants OKM/66/626/2016, OKM/66/626/2017, OKM/79/626/2018.
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