Helpful Questions/Hints For Essay
Ensure at some point you make coherent judgements about the relationship between the experiences, and the potential impact of the experiences on lifelong well-being. Must include/refer to Hauora.
Explain how you have evaluated physical activity experiences to devise strategies for lifelong well-being. (Use the topic)
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Answer these questions & use personal examples
● What type of physical activity has been and is most prevalent in your life? Why do you think this is the case?
● Who (or what have been) the influences, enablers, and barriers to your participation in physical activity?
● What has been the role of your family, friends, the environment in which you live, your community, and your school? What role did coaches, teachers, family, and friends play? Did they contribute to your participation or not? What role has history, culture, and tradition played in the physical activities available to you? What role has money had?
● What was offered at school? Who was it offered to? Who could participate? Did you have to be ‘good’ at the sport or activity?
● Was any physical activity valued more than other forms of physical activity? Were some sports valued more than others? If so, how and why, and how did that contribute to your decision-making?
● Did it matter if you were male or female? Did this have an influence on what you could or couldn’t do? Whose voice was heard and why? How much choice did you have?
● Did any trends and/or media focusing on physical activity have an influence on your choices? How do societal views on physical activity impact on decision-making about physical activity?
● What have you enjoyed the most and why? What were the influences on that enjoyment?
● What have you continued with and why? How does your involvement in physical activity contribute to your well-being? In what ways might this stay the same or change when you leave school?
● What are the assumptions about physical activity for young people that may (or may not) influence what you have done, are doing, or may want to do in the future?
● What does the research say about young people and physical activity? How does it fit with your own experiences?
● Identify any assumptions that were made by you (or by others) in relation to these choices. What were (or are) these assumptions related to (for example, masculinity, femininity, identity, class, being part of the ‘right’ groups)?
● Question and challenge any assumptions about the relationship between your experiences of physical activity and the impact on your well-being.
● Question and challenge any assumptions related to your physical activity experiences to date. Your judgements need to consider a range of factors and points of view that have may have either a positive or negative impact on your well-being. You should include a range of perspectives and influences (societal, political, environmental, economic, cultural, and historical).
Devise Strategies for lifelong well-being
Based on the role that physical activity plays in your life, develop a plan and strategies to ensure that physical activity has a positive effect on your lifelong well-being. You should: question and challenge assumptions about the relationship between the experiences; and the potential impact of the experiences on lifelong well-being; and make coherent and insightful judgements that build on the questions and challenges. As you do so consider:
● what you might be doing (tertiary study, work, overseas trip) and where you might be (at home, in a hostel, flatting) once you leave school and in later years, and explain how this may/may not affect your future participation in physical activity
● the assumptions you identified when critically evaluating your past experiences in physical activity, and explain how your awareness of these may (or may not) influence your future participation
● the enablers and barriers you identified when critically evaluating your past experiences in physical activity, and explain how you will address these in the future
● any gaps or new experiences you may like to include in the future
● any physical activity experiences, routines, practices, or habits that you do not wish to include in the future
● what types of strategies you will need to implement to ensure lifelong involvement in physical activity.
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