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Children need more exercise


This week a report was published by researchers at University College London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux, suggesting that seven year olds do not do enough exercise. Difference were also highlighted between the amount of exercise that girls and boys do.

You can read the BBC summary and discussion here – BBC article

When you are studying at university you will develop your awareness of how educational issues and research are reported in the media. At this link you can find links to a number of media sources that have discussed this report. You could read each of these and try to identify differences in the way the issue has been reported. Think about the style of writing, the word choice and the way facts and statistics are used by different sources.

UCL report on children’s exercise – media sources

As a university student you would go to the primary source to read and consider the research, rather than relying on media reports of it.



Author: Jean

Senior Lecturer, Education at the University of Northampton. Admissions Tutor for the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching.

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