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ERIC Number: EJ782719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 102
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
Research on the Outcomes of Elementary School Physical Education
Shephard, Roy J.; Trudeau, Francois
Elementary School Journal, v108 n3 p251-264 Jan 2008
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of objective assessments of the short- and long-term outcomes of elementary school physical education programs. Evaluations have used a variety of designs, including longitudinal and tracking studies as well as correlational analyses. The short-term effect of physical education on health and physical fitness is well documented. To date, most long-term data add little to the understanding of long-term effects, because researchers have rarely used an experimental design. Nevertheless, the available literature suggests that physical education should offer instruction in a variety of lifelong physical activities and sports, in order to reach children with differing interests. There is also an urgent need to perform quasi-experimental follow-up studies in various populations, assessing the extent to which benefits are modulated by changes in the type, duration, and frequency of the physical education program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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