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ERIC Number: EJ900545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Data for Principals, Parents, and Other Stakeholders in Physical Education: Statistical Assessment Made Easy with Excel
Claxton, David B.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v22 n5 p20-24 May-Jun 2009
As physical education programs are required to be more accountable in demonstrating the positive benefits they provide for their students, it becomes more important for physical educators to be able to provide evidence that their students are changing in positive ways. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching/learning cycle. Teaching is assessed through measurement and evaluation--to see if objectives are being met. Excel can help with that. The Excel program that comes standard on most computers will do many statistical functions almost effortlessly, making it quite simple to analyze the data that many physical education teachers are already collecting. Statistically measured improvement of students' physical fitness levels, as well as measured improvement of physical skills, can provide strong support for physical education programs. In this article, the author explains how to use Excel for two statistical functions: (1) the mean; and (2) the "t" test. Using these statistics to analyze data can be helpful in program assessment and in showing principals, parents, and school board members how physical education students are improving. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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