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Gu, Xiangli; Chen, Senlin; Zhang, Xiaoxia – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2019
Purpose: Developing physically literate individuals is a major goal of school physical education. To date, no research in the United States has examined physical literacy by simultaneously measuring multiple dimensions among young children. The purpose of this study was to examine students' current status of physical literacy in third grade.…
Descriptors: Young Children, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers
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Zhu, Xihe; Haegele, Justin A. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2019
Purpose: This study aims to (a) examine elementary school students' health-related fitness knowledge growth under one curriculum condition and (b) examine the impacts of student/school-level factors on health-related fitness knowledge and its growth rate in physical education. Method: We used an observational, longitudinal repeated-measures…
Descriptors: Health Related Fitness, Instructional Effectiveness, Elementary School Students, Physical Education
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Chen, Weiyun; Hypnar, Andrew J. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2015
Motivations for and positive attitudes toward physical activity (PA) developed during childhood are likely to be carried over to adulthood. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between three psychological needs satisfaction, motivational regulations in physical education (PE), and attitudes toward participation in leisure-time…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Correlation, Physical Education, Elementary School Students
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Ramos, Nilo O.; McCullick, Bryan A. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate elementary students' perceptions of PE teacher credibility. Eight high- and low-skilled students from grades 3 and 5 were selected from a school employing a PE teacher holding a National Board Certification. Data were collected in the school setting utilizing observations, field notes, an open-ended…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Physical Education Teachers, Credibility
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Pasco, Denis; Ennis, Catherine D. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2015
Students' prior knowledge has been identified to play an important role in the learning process through conceptual change. In physical education, positive changes in students' lifestyles may come from changes in their conceptual understanding. In this study 45 third grade students (mean age = 8.54 years) were interviewed during their regular…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Physical Education, Student Attitudes
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Goh, Tan Leng; Hannon, James; Webster, Collin Andrew; Podlog, Leslie William; Brusseau, Timothy; Newton, Maria – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2014
High levels of physical inactivity are evident among many American children. To address this problem, providing physical activity (PA) during the school day within the CSPAP framework, is one strategy to increase children's PA. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a classroom-based PA program on children's PA. Two hundred…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment
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Stellino, Megan Babkes; Sinclair, Christina – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2014
Thorough assessment of children's physical activity is essential to efficacious interventions to reduce childhood obesity prevalence. The purpose of this study was to examine children's recess physical activity (RPA) patterns of behavior using the Activities of Daily Living-Playground Participation (ADL-PP: Watkinson et al., 2001) instrument.…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Recess Breaks, Elementary School Students, Obesity
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Erwin, Heather E.; Stellino, Megan Babkes; Beets, Michael W.; Beighle, Aaron; Johnson, Christine E. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2013
Obesity levels among American children are increasing at an alarming rate, due in part to a lack of regular physical activity (PA). Physical education (PE) is one way to facilitate student PA. The overarching PA goal for physical educators is 50% PA for students. Self-determination theory suggests that PA levels in PE and a variety of other…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Teaching Styles, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Alstot, Andrew E. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2012
Token economies have a long research and applied history within clinical settings and classroom education (Kazdin, 1982). However, despite reported successes in improving physical activity behaviors (Alstot, 2012), research examining token reinforcement implemented specifically in physical education is virtually nonexistent. Therefore, the purpose…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Token Economy, Elementary School Students
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Dyson, Ben P.; Linehan, Nicole Rhodes; Hastie, Peter A. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to describe and interpret the instructional ecology of Cooperative Learning in elementary physical education classes. Data collection included a modified version of the task structure system (Siedentop, 1994), interviews, field notes, and a teacher's journal. T-tests of the quantitative data revealed that instruction…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Cooperative Learning, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Keating, Xiaofen Deng; Harrison, Louis; Chen, Li; Xiang, Ping; Lambdin, Dolly D.; Dauenhauer, Brian; Rotich, Willy; Pinero, Jose Castro – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2009
Although substantial inquiry has been made into fitness levels of students, there has been scant examination of knowledge in this domain. This article seeks to review and analyze research on student health-related fitness (HRF) knowledge mastery in K-16 programs by examining studies published in the literature. Two major results emerging from the…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Physical Education, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level
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Metzler, Michael – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2009
A debate over the quality of teacher education programs has been ongoing for nearly 100 years. The most current round in this debate started with "A Nation at Risk" (National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983) and has escalated in recent years to involve an increasing number of participant-constituents, each of whom has voiced…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Physical Education, Excellence in Education, Rhetoric
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Blais, Mireille – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2008
Most of the existing ecological studies have been conducted during class instructional time. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe (a) how students (N = 102; grade 2-4) engaged in a strategy named "Health Passport" taking place mainly outside of school time and (b) how four physical education teachers held students…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Physical Education Teachers, Grade 2