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ERIC Number: EJ1067859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
An Innovative Strategy for Teaching Health-Related Fitness Knowledge in Elementary Physical Education Classes
Hodges, Michael
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v28 n4 p19-25 2015
For many decades, children and adolescents have had a deficient level of health-related fitness knowledge (HRFK). This is worrisome, since HRFK acquisition has been found to be fundamental for individuals' decision-making as it relates to healthy living. Consequently, Knowledge in Action (KIA) fitness was developed to offer elementary teachers an effective HRFK instructional tool that can be implemented during physical education class. With the use of a four-station lesson design, KIA fitness takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and aligns directly with the National Standards. The effectiveness of the newly developed program was examined in a large-scale intervention study, and the researchers found that the KIA fitness lessons significantly raised students' pre and post HRFK scores by 20% while maintaining high physical activity levels. This article describes how this method or similar programs can help combat students' lack of physical activity and increase teacher effectiveness during limited class time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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