Schools' engagement with the Get Set London 2012 Olympic education programme: Empirical insights from schools in a non-hosting region

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Authors

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Loughborough University

Abstract

During the Olympiad, an Olympic host country is required to organise and deliver an education programme to schools nationwide. Schools’ experiences of engagement with such programmes are often reported on by the government rather than being rigorously examined by academics. Moreover, there is little scientific understanding of how individual schools facilitate the programmes and why different schools engaged with the same programme in different ways and to varying degrees, and generated different levels of impact. Looking at the London 2012 Olympic education programme called Get Set, this original qualitative research was undertaken to explore local schools’ experiences of involvement with the programme in a non-hosting region, Leicestershire. The paper advocates the use of programme-theory-driven evaluations (a realist evaluation approach, in particular) to assess programme implementation. The results provide explanations of how and why case-study schools engage more effectively or less effectively with the programme. The results identify the missing links in the programme theory, highlighting the significance of contextual factors at individual school levels, and arguing for the adoption of tailored strategies for effective programme implementation.

Details

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Physical Education Review
Early online date21 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Olympic education programme, realist evaluation, programme theory, Get Set, London 2012