Geir Kåre Resaland
Field of work
I have been employed at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, formerly Sogn og Fjordane University College (SFUC), since 2001. I have been a professor of Sports Science at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports since 2017.
My educational background includes SFUC (social sciences, English, intermediate sports and pedagogy) and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo (master’s and doctoral degree).
I lead the Center for physically active learning (SEFAL) which was established at SFUC, campus Sogndal in 2018. SEFAL offers workplace-based continuing professional development in physically active learning (PAL). At SEFAL, I work with researchers, postdocs, Ph.D.- and master's students on projects related to PAL and school-based competence development in schools.
I am also the leader of ACTivate, an Erasmus+ collaborative project between Norway, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Finland, and Portugal. ACTivate will create a European PAL curriculum and CPD, including online resources, in 2021. It is exciting to be part of ACTivate and other international collaborations, and I have always been curious about collaborations with researchers and practitioners in other countries. On that note, I have been a visiting scholar at two institutions: University College Dublin, Ireland (2007-2008) and The University of Texas, Austin, USA (2016-2017). Both periods gave fresh perspectives, new relationships, and productive international collaborations. Further, visiting other research environments revitalized my focus and boosted my creativity. In total, I have published 57 peer-reviewed publications.
Here are some examples me participating in the Norwegian public debate:
2020, interview in Khrono.no (Norwegian magazine about research and higher education): https://khrono.no/elevane-har-laert-matematikk-ved-a-vera-fysisk-aktive-heilt-sidan-2004-no-er-malet-eit-nasjonalt-senter-i-sogndal/530712
2020, Chronicle in Forskerforum (Norwegian magazine about research and higher education): https://www.forskerforum.no/eit-praksisnaert-universitet/
2019, Guest in a podcast https://lektorlomsdalen.no/2019/11/ll-185-geir-kare-resaland-om-fysisk-aktiv-laering/
2018, Chronicle in VG (national Norwegian newspaper): https://www.vg.no/nyheter/meninger/i/8wBoJE/ein-time-dagleg-fysisk-aktivitet-i-skulen-er-mogleg-aa-faa-til
In total, I have published 60 peer-reviewed articles in international journals.
Here are 10 selected articles:
Resaland GK, Andersen LB, Mamen A, Anderssen SA. Effects of a two-year school-based daily physical activity intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness. The Sogndal school-intervention study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 21(2):302-9. 2011
Resaland GK, Anderssen SA, Holme IM, Mamen A, Andersen LB. Effects of a 2-year school-based daily physical activity intervention on CVD risk factors. The Sogndal school-intervention study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 21(6): e122–e13. 2011
Resaland GK, Moe VF, Aadland E, Steene-Johannessen J, Glosvik Ø, Andersen JR, Kvalheim OM, McKay HA, Anderssen SA, on behalf of the ASK study group. Active Smarter Kids (ASK): Rationale and design of a cluster-randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of daily physical activity on children’s academic performance and risk factors for non-communicable diseases. BMC Public Health. 15:709, 2015
Resaland GK, Aadland E, Moe VF, Aadland KN, Skrede T, Stavnsbo M, Suominen L, Steene-Johannessen, Glosvik Ø, Andersen JR, Kvalheim OM, Engelsrud G, Andersen LB, Holme IM, Ommundsen Y, Kriemler S, Mechelen Wv, McKay HA, Ekelund U, Anderssen SA. Effects of physical activity on schoolchildren’s academic performance: The Active Smarter Kids (ASK) cluster-randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 91, 322-328. 2016
Resaland GK, Moe VF, Bartholomew JB, Andersen LB, McKay HA, Anderssen SA, Aadland E. Gender-specific effects of physical activity on children's academic performance: The Active Smarter Kids cluster randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 106, 171-176,
Resaland GK, Aadland E, Nilsen AKO, Bartholomew JB, Andersen LB, Anderssen SA. The effect of a two-year school-based daily physical activity intervention on a clustered CVD risk factor score-The Sogndal school-intervention study. Scand Journal of medicine & science in sports. 28(3), 1027-1035,
Resaland GK, Aadland E, Andersen JR, Bartholomew JB, Anderssen SA, Moe VF. Physical activity preferences of 10-year-old children and identified activities with positive and negative associations to cardiorespiratory fitness. Acta Paediatrica, Feb 108(2), 354-360,
Resaland GK, Aadland E, Moe VF, Kolotkin RL, Anderssen SA, Andersen JR. Effects of a physical activity intervention on schoolchildren's health-related quality of life: The Active Smarter Kids (ASK) cluster-randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine Report, 13, 1-4, 2019
Daly-Smith A, Quarmby T, Archbold VSJ, Corrigan N, Wilson D, Resaland GK, Bartholomew JB, Singh A, Tjomsland HE, Sherar LB, Chalkley A, Routen AC, Shickle D, Bingham DB, Barber SE, van Sluijs E, Fairclough SJ, McKenna J. Using a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2020) 17:13, 2020
Daly-Smith A, Quarmby T, Archbold VSJ, Routen AC, Morris JL, Gammon C, Bartholomew JB, Resaland GK, Llewellyn B, Allman R, Dorling H. Implementing physically active learning: future directions for research, policy and practice. Journal of Sport and Health Science. Jan;9(1):41-49. Epub 2019 May 24, 2020