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ERIC Number: EJ815753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
The Role of Physical Education in the Promotion of Youth Physical Activity
Wallhead, Tristan L.; Buckworth, Janet
Quest, v56 n3 p285-301 Aug 2004
Physical education can be a powerful influence on promoting youth physical activity (PA). This review describes correlates of youth PA, examines how these factors have been targeted in physical education (PE) based interventions, and makes suggestions for PE pedagogy to promote PA. Perceived physical competence, enjoyment of PA, intention, direct help and support from parents and significant others, and opportunities to be active were consistently associated with youth PA. The large-scale PE-based PA promotion programs that were successful in increasing out-of-school PA applied a pedagogical framework targeting variables associated with motivation (i.e., perceived competence, enjoyment of PA, self-determination). PE based interventions should continue to address the nature of activities, but also utilize pedagogy that promotes psychological determinants of student motivation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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