Despite the fact that health and fitness appears large in the profession and that there are many arguments associated with physical education teachings and testing for fitness, little research has been done to provide evidence of what physical education teachers (PE) actually know and do related to fitness. The purpose of this study is to determine how K-12 physical education teachers know about physical education and health-related fitness in order to teach the two effectively.
In the study the physical education teachers’ knowledge of health-related fitness was assessed by a health-related fitness knowledge HRFK test and their physical activity levels was measured by an International Physical Activity Questionnaire IPAQ survey of which, completed by (N = 711) physical education teachers. The results of the PE metric survey on physical education teacher participants revealed a fairly high appropriate level of health-related fitness knowledge passing rate of 90.6% (n = 644). Results of the IPAQ survey indicated high levels of physical activity from self-reports of the physical education teachers 71.6% (n = 509). Results of both assessments raise concerns for physical education programs as fitness plays an increasingly larger role in physical education.
Furthermore, discovering what K-12 teachers knew about health-related fitness knowledge and physical education helped establish a baseline of teacher health-related fitness content knowledge in the United States. It was suggested by (Castelli & Williams, 2007), identifying the areas of weakness in teachers’ knowledge will provide recommendations for future professional opportunities. Relative to the results from the study, increased hours of continuing education may be a recommendation. In addition, the demographic examination of the PE teachers may help target weaknesses in particular populations.
|Commitee:||Clemons, James, Kern, Benjamin|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public Health Education, Physical education|
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