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ERIC Number: EJ829336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1091-367X
Physical Activity Measurement Methods for Young Children: A Comparative Study
Hands, Beth; Parker, Helen; Larkin, Dawne
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v10 n3 p203-214 Sep 2006
Many behavior patterns that impact on physical activity experiences are established in early childhood, therefore it is important that valid, reliable, and feasible measures are constructed to identify children who are not developing appropriate and healthy activity habits. In this study, measures of physical activity derived by accelerometry and pedometry are compared with direct observation of 5- and 6-year-old children (N = 24). The children were monitored for 30 min over 5 consecutive days during a free play session in their preprimary setting. The results for all measures were significantly correlated. When compared to direct observation, the coefficient of determination indicated that the pedometer (R[superscript 2] = 0.81) was able to more accurately predict all levels of physical activity compared to the accelerometer (R[superscript 2] = 0.59). When the children were grouped into low, moderate, wand high activity levels using observation, the pedometer data were better able to separate the groups than the accelerometer data. These findings indicate that the pedometer is a better measure of free play physical activity in 5- and 6-year-old children compared to the accelerometer. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia