ERIC Number: EJ1142344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
To Move More and Sit Less: Does Physical Activity/Fitness Knowledge Matter in Youth?
Chen, Senlin; Liu, Yang; Schaben, Jodee
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v36 n2 p142-151 Apr 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine physical activity (PA)/fitness knowledge and its association with PA and sedentary behavior in youth. Method: Eighth grade students from five schools (N = 660) in a midwestern state completed a PE Metrics written test and the Youth Activity Profile to assess PA/fitness knowledge, PA (at school and after school) and sedentary behavior, respectively. Results: Participants were clustered into high, medium, and low knowledge groups. Students in the high knowledge group reported higher level of PA after school (p < 0.05, d = 0.28) but lower level of sedentary behavior than the low knowledge group (p = 0.001, d = -0.45). The low knowledge group also reported higher PA at school (p < 0.05, d = 0.25). PA/Fitness knowledge significantly predicted sedentary behavior, particularly in the low knowledge group (ß = -0.32, t = -2.46, p < 0.05, R2 = 0.105), after controlling for gender and race/ethnicity. Conclusion: Physical education focused on conveying PA/fitness knowledge is warranted to educate youth to move more and sit less.
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Physical Fitness, Life Style, Knowledge Level, Grade 8, Student Behavior, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Physical Education, Surveys, Middle School Students, Junior High School Students, Student Characteristics, Statistical Analysis
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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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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
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