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ERIC Number: EJ1108894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Engaging Middle School Students in Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs
Doolittle, Sarah
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v87 n6 p29-34 2016
With school-based physical activity emerging as a public health issue, it is more important than ever to understand what keeps children and adolescents interested and participating in physical education and physical activity. As the research on physical activity patterns indicates, the middle school years may be a watershed moment in the lives of students, where effective teaching and programs at school can limit or even reverse the trend toward disengagement from physical education and physical activity. The three middle school programs described in this feature show how outstanding teachers keep their students engaged as they begin the transition to high school and early adulthood. Using research-based principles of practice about mastery and student engagement, this article will revisit the program policies and teaching practices described in this feature, and identify elements that lead toward affective/emotional, behavioral and cognitive engagement in physical education and extracurricular sport and physical activity. Keeping these principles in mind may increase teachers' understanding of student engagement and help to create a culture of physical education and physical activity at school that is characterized by variety, inclusion, differentiation and respect for the social and personal development of students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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