ERIC Number: EJ1091530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
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Effects of Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity on Mathematics Test Performance
Phillips, David S.; Hannon, James C.; Castelli, Darla M.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v34 n3 p346-362 Jul 2015
The effect of an acute bout of physical activity on academic performance in school-based settings is under researched. The purpose of this study was to examine associations between a single, vigorous (70-85%) bout of physical activity completed during physical education on standardized mathematics test performance among 72, eighth grade students at a school in the Southwestern United States. Students received both a physical activity and nonactive condition, in a repeated measures design. Academic performance measures were collected at 30 and 45-minutes post condition. It was hypothesized that students would have greater gains in mathematics test scores post physical activity condition compared with post nonactive condition. Results reported students achieved 11-22% higher math scores at 30 minutes post physical activity condition compared with other time points (45 minutes post PA, 30 and 45 minutes post sedentary) (F(1, 68) = 14.42, p < 0.001, d = 0.90). Findings suggest that physical activity may facilitate academic performance in math.
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Achievement, Performance, Standardized Tests, Correlation, Grade 8, Hypothesis Testing, Scores, Comparative Analysis, Physical Activities, Exercise
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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