Título do Projeto
Return-to-school after covid-19: the key roles of family, school and communities on children growth and motor.
Fundação la caixa
PI: José Maia (CIFI2D)
CO-PIs: Sara Pereira (CIDEFES) / Peter Katzmarzyk (Pennington Biomedical Research Center)
Claúdio Farias (CIFI2D)
Donald Hedeker (Chicago University)
Fernando Santos (USP)
Go Tani (USP)
Rui Silva (CIFI2D)
Tiago Barreira (Syracuse University)
Matheus Pacheco (CIFI2D)
Carla Santos (CIDEFES)
Eduardo Guimarães (CIFI2D)
Main purpose of the project: This project has two main goals: (1) broadly examine children growth, motor development status, physical activity, attention, concentration, and metabolic syndrome, and (2) follow their developmental trajectories in short time (12-months) after the COVID-19 pandemic using novel technological devices in physical education (PE) classes.
Design/methodology/approach: The sample comprises 1000 Portuguese children aged 6 to 9 years from primary schools. Data will be collected from children, families, school and community environments. We will use the Educativo® platform, an innovative technological tool, to assist Physical Education teachers in monitoring children’s motor development. This will take place over 12 months, with episodic assessments made every six months. Attention and concentration will be assessed, as well as fine motor coordination. Further, metabolic syndrome will also be assessed in overweight and obese children aged 8-9 years. Multilevel statistical models will be used to account for the data structure, i.e. children nested within families and schools which are nested within communities.
Potential results: Outcomes are expected to have significant impacts in several domains. The project will describe the post-pandemic course of children’s growth and motor development, and it will also provide Physical Education teachers with a useful and innovative device to help them in their education programs. The results will help reduce inequalities and improve the quality of education (goals 4 & 10 of the UN 2030 Agenda) by increasing our understanding of the intertwined relationships between children’s growth, motor development, attention and concentration as well as metabolic syndrome status within the environments in which they live after COVID-19 crisis.