The thematic strand has a coordinator responsible for the scientific coordination of the strand, functioning in cooperation with the group coordinator as a facilitator between the post-graduate training policy established by the scientific committee, in particular at 2nd cycle level (master courses in Physical Education Teachers Training at Basic and Secondary Level and Exercise Health and Well-Being in Special Groups) and at 3rd cycle level (PhD course in Sport Sciences, Physical Education and Exercise and Health and Special Needs branches) and the expectations and research needs of the thematic strand.
The thematic strand is supported by an important institutional network structure offered by the Physical Education Teachers Training at Basic and Secondary Level Master Course programme based on the research protocols and institutional cooperation established with more than 20 Secondary Schools in the Centre Region of Portugal (Coimbra, Aveiro, Leiria and Castelo Branco Districts) under the integrate teachers training network professional training. This network allows an effective interaction with at least 1800/2000 pupils engaged in regular Physical Education and their families every year. At the same time, the master courses in Sport Training and in Exercise, Health and Well-being in Special Groups experience a long time institutional collaboration (in same cases more than 15 years) with more than 30 regional sport clubs and local institutions where children and youth have assess to different sport and exercise activities offered by undergraduate and post graduate students, in a regular basis. The existing network structure provides optimal conditions to support the present thematic strand from a human resources perspective.
Granted students play a determinant role in the research thematic strand structure as they are operationally responsible for several tasks, under the supervision of the thematic strand coordinator:
Two granted students (2x 6003 euros per year) will be responsible for the following tasks in the PHYSICAL LITERACY IN SPORT AND SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION SETTINGS research group: i) data collection preparation (organizational and logistic tasks); ii) field data collection iii) data base organization. Particular attention will be given to the role of Physical Education Teachers Training at Basic and Secondary Level Master Course trainees as they will play a very important task on the school participant´s selection and creating the optimal logistic conditions for research team data collection;
During 2006-2007 one PhD student and five master students covered the Centre of Portugal and collected accelerometry data from 600 adolescents aged 11-18 years. It is believed that in the PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING STUDIES IN CHILDREN, YOUTH AND SPECIAL GROUPS research group one assistant researcher (6003 euros per year) will be able to collect accelerometry data on the five mentioned areas using the network of school previously described and the free will cooperation of the Master Course trainees;
Regarding Azores study, the methodology will follow the organization of the past editions, that is, 1988, 1998, 2008 (5 missions): 4 weeks in São Miguel, 2 weeks in Terceira, 1 week in Faial, 1 in Pico and 1 in Flores.
Thematic strand consultants: The thematic strand will have the relevant contribution of three consultants, for expertise consultancy at data analysis, data interpretation and publication skills level. International consultants are Stephan Bandelow (UK), Sean Cummings (UK) and Nikos Chatzisarantis (UK).