ERIC Number: EJ1048877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Case Study of an Institutionalized Urban Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
Doolittle, Sarah A.; Rukavina, Paul B.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v33 n4 p528-557 Oct 2014
This single case study (Yin, 2009) compares an established urban physical education/ sport/physical activity program with two models: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program/CSPAP (AAHPERD, 2013; CDC, 2013); and Lawson's propositions (2005) for sport, exercise and physical education for empowerment and community development to determine their applicability in urban schools. Data include semistructured interviews, multiple observations, and artifacts collected over two academic years. Triangulation, peer debriefing, and interpretative and member checks were used for trustworthiness. Findings indicate that most aspects of both theories were evident in the program, though goals exceeded those of CSPAP as stated, and Lawson's concept of "community" was limited. Major themes related to establishing this CSPAP are described, including practical strategies for budget, scheduling and staffing, and qualities of leadership. Stakeholders reported that they valued the program not for student wellness, but for personal, social and academic well being, as well as for contributions to the school culture.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comprehensive School Health Education, Physical Activities, Urban Schools, Physical Education, Models, Comparative Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation, Educational Theories, Educational Objectives, Institutional Characteristics, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Administrators, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Program Implementation, Educational Facilities, Educational Equipment, Educational Cooperation, Budgets, Financial Support, Organizational Communication, Program Administration, Program Design, Values, Inclusion, Student Participation, Specialization, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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