A Comparative Study on Strategies to Promote Primary School Students’ Physical Fitness between Queensland and Taipei

By Chang Hung Chih and Chen Jui Fu.

Published by The Sport Collection

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In order to boost children’s physical fitness, governments around the globe are committed to working with professionals and specialists to enhance children’s physical fitness and to maintain healthy weight in young generation through improved physical activities and continued health policies. The study aims to compare the strategies for promoting physical fitness of primary school students from school, society and family between Queensland and Taiwan. Methodologically, documentary analysis, in-depth interview, participation observation and questionnaires were conducted to the survey. Principals, physical education teachers and parents were participated in the study. The results suggested that family, school and community sports organization should get closer association to improve and promote the physical fitness condition of our children. Through extending the boundaries of countries and drawing up physical-fitness-related policies and blueprints in the future, this study produces worthy reference to both sides.

Keywords: Physical Fitness, Primary School Student, Parents’ Sports Social Support

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.29-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 898.308KB).

Chang Hung Chih

The Chief of Physcial Education (Gong Guan) and PhD Student (Taiwan Normal), Department of Physical Education (Taiwan Normal), National Taiwan Normal University and Gong Guan Elementary School, Taiwan

After graduate school, I chose to work first. As an elementary school teacher, I still apply what I have learned in graduate school. In addition to the giving classes, conducting the action research and submitting the research results to academic journals are also on the annual working list. Whenever I got the permission of publishing, the sense of accomplishment is just beyond words. Most important of all, I really understand that it’s the right thing I have done for children’s health and their whole life. I am really grateful and appreciated to have opportunity to be an elementary school teacher in my life. Last year (2009), I got the fund from the government to conduct a study related to physical fitness of elementary school students. It was a great opportunity to go to Brisbane, Australia and have a study there. Meanwhile, I also got the permission to PhD. courses in National Taiwan Normal University and major in pedagogy in physical education. With the enthusiasm to do the research and be an elementary school teacher, I am really appreciated and thankful for having tis great life.

Chen Jui Fu

Professor, Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan