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ERIC Number: EJ787528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Pedometer and Human Energy Balance Applications for Science Instruction
Rye, James A.; Smolski, Stefan
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v44 n3 p95-104 Fall 2007
Teachers can use pedometers to facilitate inquiry learning and show students the need for mathematics in scientific investigation. The authors conducted activities with secondary students that investigated intake and expenditure components of the energy balance algorithm, which led to inquiries about pedometers and related data. By investigating the accuracy of pedometers and variables that may impact reported step counts, students can better understand experimental design and statistical concepts. Students can also examine other data (distance walked, kilocalories expended) using multifunction pedometers and apply the concepts of correlation and regression. This topic fits well with thematic learning and responds to concerns about excess energy intake and insufficient physical activity in the U.S. population. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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