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ERIC Number: EJ933225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Gender Differences in the Daily Physical Activities of Danish School Children
Nielsen, Glen; Pfister, Gertrud; Andersen, Lars Bo
European Physical Education Review, v17 n1 p69-90 Feb 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the daily physical activities of Danish children with a focus on describing and explaining gender differences. Accelerometer measurements of physical activity in different contexts, as well as questionnaire data, were collected from more than 500 children at pre-school and later at third grade. The study showed that boys were generally more physically active than girls (18% at age 6-7, and 16% at age 9-10, both p less than 0.001) and found differences in the types of activities undertaken by the two genders. These findings are in accordance with numerous other studies in Denmark as well as internationally. However, this study adds to this knowledge by showing that the gender difference in total amounts of activity was mainly due to large gender differences in the amounts of self-organized physical activity such as after-school day care (difference at age 6-7 = 45%, difference at age 9-10 = 58%, both p less than 0.001) and school breaks (difference at age 6-7 = 32%, difference at age 9-10 = 36%, both p less than 0.001). This could be partly explained by boys being more interested in playing football in contexts for children's self-organized activities. (Contains 17 notes, 4 tables and 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark