ERIC Number: ED273640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Content Analysis of the Influence of the Fitness Movement on Professional Preparation in Physical Education.
Williams, Hilda Lee; Evans, Blanche W.
The influence of the popular fitness movement on professional preparation in physical education was examined. This study sought to answer the following questions: (1) How many fitness majors, minors, non-teaching and teaching majors are offered in physical education programs in the Central District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)? (2) What is the frequency of fitness-related courses and hours within each of the five program areas identified as important for physical fitness professionals? (3) What is the distribution of fitness-related courses and hours between each of these five program areas? and (4) Do size of institution, source of support, and existence of graduate programs in physical education make a difference in the number of undergraduate physical fitness major programs? Content analysis was used to determine the existence of fitness major and minor programs and fitness related courses offered in selected colleges and universities (128 institutions). Results indicated that: (1) there is a minimal influence of the fitness movement on professional preparation in AAHPERD Central District schools; (2) fitness majors and emphases are more likely to be found in large institutions and/or in institutions that offer graduate programs; (3) there is evidence of the fitness movement in courses offered in the program skills/methods category, which suggests recognition of fitness-type activities for the general student; and (4) there is evidence of the fitness movement in the number of courses offered in the foundations category. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Cincinnati, OH, April 10-13, 1986).