TitleAssociation of Teacher-Level Factors With Implementation of Classroom-Based Physical Activity Breaks.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsNader, PAbi, Hilberg, E, Schuna, Jr, JM, John, DH, Gunter, K
JournalJ Sch Health
Date Published06/2019
KeywordsAdult, Child, Exercise, Female, Humans, Inservice Training, Male, Middle Aged, Perception, School Teachers, Schools, Young Adult

BACKGROUND: Classroom-based physical activity (CBPA) breaks are a common strategy to increase elementary school children's physical activity (PA) levels. There is limited research examining how teacher-level factors impact teacher implementation of CBPA breaks. In this study, we assessed the relationship of teacher-level factors with teacher use of a CBPA resource.

METHODS: We randomized 6 elementary schools in rural Oregon into control (N = 3) or intervention (N = 3) conditions. Each teacher at intervention schools received the CBPA resource. Teachers at control schools received 1 CBPA-Toolkit per grade level to share, and received no training. We surveyed teachers on their use of the toolkit, implementation support and self-efficacy, and value for PA. Logistic regression was used to examine the odds of toolkit use by teacher-level factors.

RESULTS: Among survey respondents (N = 83), 57% were self-identified toolkit users and 48% attended a training. Training participation and teacher implementation self-efficacy were associated with greater odds of using the toolkit (odds ratio, OR = 7.76 [95% confidence interval, CI = 1.39-43.19] and OR = 5.54 [95% CI = 1.24-23.87], respectively).

CONCLUSION: CBPA tools supported with training aimed at developing teachers' implementation self-efficacy increased the likelihood of teachers employing CBPA tools.

Alternate JournalJ Sch Health
PubMed ID30937920