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ERIC Number: EJ1250660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Student Health-Related Fitness Testing in School-Based Physical Education: Strategies for Student Self-Testing Using Technology
Keating, Xiaofen; Liu, Xiaolu; Stephenson, Rachyl; Guan, Jianmin; Hodges, Michael
European Physical Education Review, v26 n2 p552-570 May 2020
If used appropriately in schools, youth fitness testing can play a significant role in promoting a physically active lifestyle among school-age children. Unfortunately, many issues exist when testing students' health-related fitness (HRF) components, such as privacy concerns, misuse of testing results, and time-consuming test procedures. This paper provides an alternative approach to implementing youth fitness testing, attempting to solve some of these long-standing problems. Contextual information concerning global youth fitness testing practices is first introduced, followed by strategies for fitness self-testing using emerging technologies instead of more traditional testing methods conducted in a physical education (PE) setting. We also address how a self-testing approach could be used as part of a fitness education programme where students learn about HRF components, develop competence, and learn how to improve their HRF over time, absent of an expert evaluator to monitor their own HRF. The potential role of modern technology in solving some of the seemingly unsolvable problems with youth fitness testing in schools worldwide and facilitating the implementation of self-testing HRF in school-based PE programmes is also presented. More effort should be given to the development of technology-based HRF self-testing and empirical research.
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Language: English
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