ERIC Number: EJ1087951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
The Efficacy of Exergames for Social Relatedness in Online Physical Education
Kooiman, Brian J.; Sheehan, Dwayne P.
Cogent Education, v2 n1 Article 1045808 2015
Online physical education (OLPE) has been viewed as an oxymoron. Physical education curriculum at all levels seeks to help learners grow socially in the way they interact and deal with diverse and challenging fellow students and settings. Students who have no contact with other students while they are at home for various reasons may not be able to learn the proper response to the challenges of social participation or benefits derived from social contact. This study looked at the efficacy of remote exergame participation between students aged 11-18 (N = 124). The results show that exergaming over the Internet can provide students with a social experience that results in increased relatedness between participants versus playing by themselves against a non-player character (NPC). This relatedness can help students access the social standards for physical education when enrolled in OLPE.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Online Courses, Student Participation, Preadolescents, Adolescents, Internet, Interpersonal Relationship, Educational Games, Exercise, Interaction, Electronic Learning, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Hypothesis Testing, Statistical Analysis, Athletics, Likert Scales, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California