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ERIC Number: EJ843781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Is In-Class Physical Activity at Risk in Constructivist Physical Education?
Chen, Ang; Martin, Robert; Sun, Haichun; Ennis, Catherine D.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v78 n5 p500-509 Dec 2007
Constructivist physical education emphasizes cognitive engagement. This study examined the impact of a constructivist curriculum on in-class physical activity. Caloric expenditure in metabolic equivalents (MET) and vector magnitude count (VM) data from a random sample of 41 constructivist lessons were compared with those from a random sample of 35 nonconstructivist lessons. Statistical analyses revealed that students in both curriculum conditions were active at a similarly low-moderate level (MET = 2.6 for experimental, 2.5 for comparison, p = 0.30). Differences (p less than 0.05) were found between the three units within the constructivist curriculum. The findings suggest that the constructivist approach may facilitate knowledge learning with little risk of reducing in-class physical activity. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A