ERIC Number: EJ1023371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions for Preschoolers: A Meta-Analysis
Gordon, Elliott S.; Tucker, Patricia; Burke, Shauna M.; Carron, Albert V.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v84 n3 p287-294 2013
Purpose: The purpose of the meta-analysis was to examine the effectiveness of physical activity interventions on physical activity participation among preschoolers. A secondary purpose was to investigate the influence of several possible moderator variables (e.g., intervention length, location, leadership, type) on moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Method: Nine databases were systematically searched for physical activity interventions. Studies were included if they contained statistics necessary to compute an effect size (ES), were written in or translated into English, examined physical activity in preschoolers, incorporated a physical activity intervention, and targeted preschool-aged children. Fifteen studies satisfied these criteria. ESs were calculated using a random-effects model. Results: Results indicated that overall, interventions had a small-to-moderate effect on general physical activity (Hedges "g" = 0.44, "p" < 0.05, "n" = 73 ESs) and a moderate effect on MVPA (Hedges "g" = 0.51, "p" < 0.05, "n" = 39 ESs). The greatest effects for MVPA were identified for interventions that were less than 4 weeks in duration, were offered in an early-learning environment, were led by teachers, involved outdoor activity, and incorporated unstructured activity. Conclusions: This meta-analysis provides an overview and synthesis of physical activity interventions and highlights effective strategies for future interventions aimed at increasing physical activity levels among preschoolers.
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Physical Activities, Intervention, Physical Activity Level, Preschool Children, Effect Size, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education, Exercise, Course Content
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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