International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH): Satellite meeting

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Date: 18 October 2018
Venue: Howard House, University of Bristol
Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Using practice theory to understand and change school physical activity culture

Two research teams from the UK and Estonia will provide an overview of how their respective projects are using social practice approaches (specifically, Shove et al.'s (2012) three elements model) to understand school physical activity culture and develop whole-school interventions.

Each team will discuss their implementation plans and particularly how they have converted theoretical ideas into achievable actions. The two teams will also explore their measurement and evaluation plans in the context of an ambitious aim to achieve physical activity culture change in schools.

This symposium aims to contribute to the ongoing learning about the benefits of a sociological approach to behaviour change as well as relating to the ISPAH congress' theme of providing evidence into policy and practice to achieve population level change.

This event welcomes anyone with interest in using sociological approaches to behaviour change in the public health field. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


9:00 - 9:45Registration and introductions (Fiona Spotswood/Triin Vihalemm)
9:45 - 10:45Practice theory and behaviour change – current state of play across different fields (Fiona Spotswood)
10:45 - 12:15Project overviews – UK and Estonian practice-theoretical school physical activity intervention projects (Fiona Spotswood and Triin Vihalemm)
12:15 - 13:15Lunch and networking
13:15 - 14:45Learning and pitfalls: Learning from each other (Gareth Wiltshire/Sara Spear from the UK project team; and Marko Uibu and Leene Korp from the Estonian project team)
14:45 - 15:00Comfort break, including tea/coffee
15:00 - 16:30Evaluating culture change (Andrew Darnton from the Revaluation project based at CECAN (Centre for Evaluating Complexity across the Nexus at Surrey University)
16:30 - 17:15Discussion and reflections on evaluating practice-theoretical interventions (group discussion, led by Triin Vihalemm)
17:15 - 18:00Close, reflections and thanks (Fiona Spotswood)

*Please note: this is a draft agenda.

How to attend

In order to attend please register via Eventbrite.

Cost: Free
Contact: Fiona Spotswood

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