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Improving practices together (IMPRATO)

The IMPRATO project will explore and develop knowledge about collaboration aimed at promoting participation in physical education for disabled children and young people.

User involvement with both young people and parents in addition to professionals is crucial in the research project.

The project consists of three steps where we will

  1. explore existing collaborative practices what is perceived as barriers and promoting factors for collaboration? Physiotherapists, physical education teachers and pupils with their guardians will contribute with their experiences and ideas. It will be opened up for other relevant partners to contribute as well.
  2. develop a collaborative model to promote participation of young people with disabilities in physical education.
  3. test a collaborative model and evaluate the implementation and utility of this.
  • Participants

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  • More about the project

    Previous research has shown that many children and young people with disabilities have negative experiences with physical education.

    They feel hindered from participating as much as they would like to, and excluded from the fellowship of their peers.

    Such experiences can be detrimental in terms of social belonging, and negative for the students' current and future health.

    Physical education represents a key subject that is supposed to promote activity and enjoyment of movement and contribute to a foundation for good activity habits further in life.

    The project aims to generate knowledge about what physiotherapists, physical education teachers, pupils with their guardians and other relevant professions, perceive as promoting and inhibiting factors for collaboration, and explore their ideas for development of better collaborative practices.

    Based on this knowledge, arrangements will be made for the parties involved to develop a model for collaboration on physical education in schools.

    This model will be tested, and both the process and model will be evaluated. The project uses action research as a method.

    Qualitative data will be collected in the form of interviews, observations of relevant activities, audio recordings of discussions, written material from various workshops and the researchers' field notes.

    Co-creation will be the working model in the project.
    The knowledge gained through the project and the collaborative model that will be developed and tested aim to promote participation and inclusion in physical education.

    The results from the project can contribute with knowledge of importance to children and youth with disabilities.

    The knowledge and the model may also have transfer value to other areas, and form the basis for development and improvement of similar collaborative practices across professions and positions, both in the municipalities and in the specialist health service.

  • Partner institutions

    • The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) 
    • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)