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ERIC Number: ED524411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1604-5
Knowledge, Attitudes, Perceptions, and Beliefs regarding Physical Activity on a College Campus
Mullally, Barbara A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Despite the many proven benefits of exercise, obesity rates on college campuses continue to rise. At the same time, physical activity (PA) courses are being reduced or cut at various educational institutions. The loss of PA courses creates a problem because college students do not receive the necessary education they need in relation to the benefits of regular exercise, quality of life and longevity. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of college students, coaches, faculty, and administrators regarding PA on a college campus in the Southeast US. The theoretical foundation for the study was influenced by Bronfenbrenner's social ecology model and research by Ratey on PA and cognition. The personal interviews of the eight participants contributed to understanding the influence of life histories, sports experiences, physical education (PE), and campus life on perceptions of PA. Data were coded for alignment to the research questions and distilled into eight different themes. The findings revealed a connection of early exposure to PA leading to continued PA into adulthood; a need for sound, well-planned PE courses during and prior to college; and a connection of exercise to increased work productivity and mental focus. Colleges are charged with developing students holistically and producing knowledgeable, well-rounded, productive employees in the workforce. The findings are of relevance to students and the work force, as a predictive positive relationship exists between PE and PA in producing healthier, better educated, more productive students and employees. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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