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ERIC Number: EJ826836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Beyond the Stucco Tower: Design, Development, and Dissemination of the SPARK Physical Education Programs
McKenzie, Thomas L.; Sallis, James F.; Rosengard, Paul
Quest, v61 n1 p114-127 Feb 2009
School physical education plays an important role in public health. Nonetheless, there are few evidence-based, health-related, physical education programs and very little is known about how to disseminate them for widespread use. This article (a) presents background information and a review of the completed research on the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) programs for elementary and middle schools (1989-2000) and (b) describes the ensuing efforts to disseminate those programs nationally (1994-present). The programs have three important features: an active curriculum, staff development, and follow-up support. Efforts to disseminate the programs nationally have required substantial collaboration among university, public school, and private sector personnel. Procedures used in SPARK may serve as models for others interested in researching and disseminating physical education curricula through staff development. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A