Physically active schools 2020: New pathways and possibilities

Thomas Skovgaard
Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
University of Southern Denmark

thomas-skovgaardIn Denmark, the current government has initiated the biggest reshaping of primary and lower secondary schools in forty years.

From the very early discussions, in 2012, of the ongoing reform process, there has been near unequivocal agreement among all parties involved that children and young people should be more physical active during the course of a school day.

At the same time, the precise positioning and status of the PE area in the transformed Danish school system is yet to be decided. Taking this unsettled situation as an inspiring challenge, the present article focuses on the following question: How is PE and, more generally, physical activity to be addressed in the public school of the future?

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THOMAS SKOVGAARD currently holds a position as Associate Professor, Director of Studies (MSc Sports Performance) and Head of the Research & Innovation Center for Human Movement & Learning ( which aims to produce new knowledge on school-based physical activity interventions, physical education and pedagogies.


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