ERIC Number: EJ1160872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Extracurricular Physical Activity Programs in California Private Secondary Schools
Kahan, David; McKenzie, Thomas L.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v88 n4 p524-529 2017
Purpose: Interscholastic, intramural, and club physical activity (PA) programs can be important contributors to student PA accrual at schools. Few studies have assessed factors related to the provision of these extracurricular PA programs, especially in private schools. Methods: We used a 16-item questionnaire to assess the associations and influences of selected factors relative to extracurricular PA program policies and practices in 450 private California secondary schools. Associations were evaluated using contingency table analyses (i.e., chi-squared, effect size, and post-hoc analyses). Results: Six factors were associated with schools providing extracurricular PA programs: school location, level, enrollment, and religious classification and whether the physical education (PE) program met state PE time standards and was taught by PE specialists. Conclusions: Both static factors (e.g., school location, level, enrollment, and religious affiliation) and modifiable factors (e.g., meeting PE standards and employing specialists) affect the provision of extracurricular PA programs. As education is state-mandated, additional study is recommended to assess the generalizability of these findings to other states and to public schools.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Private Schools, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Questionnaires, Adolescents, Secondary Schools, Extramural Athletics, Intramural Athletics, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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