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ERIC Number: EJ962810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Free Time Motivation and Physical Activity in Middle School Children
Kozub, Francis M.; Farmer, James
Physical Educator, v68 n1 p18-29 2011
This study examined free time motivation and physical activity in 68 middle school children from a rural public school system (N = 24) and a private school located in the same area of the Midwest (N = 44). Results indicated that free time motivation did not explain variability in physical activity behavior during free time or while students were in school (p greater than 0.01). A school (private vs. public) x gender comparison indicated that males had higher activity levels than females during free time and while in school, F(1, 67) = 8.43, p less than 0.01, Eta2 = 0.12 and F(1, 67) = 27.59, p less than 0.01, Eta2 = 0.30. There were no differences between public versus private school participants (p greater than 0.05) on free time minutes of MVPA. Males from the study participated in 56 minutes per day while wearing activity monitors, approximating the 60 minutes recommended by health experts, t = -1.028, p greater than 0.05, n = 30. Female values were significantly below this Department of Health and Human Services recommendation at 32 minutes per day, t = -7.31, p less than 0.01, n = 38. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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