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ERIC Number: EJ979422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Identifying Diverse Means for Assessing Physical Activity
Perlman, Dana J.; Pearson, Phil
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v25 n7 p22-24 Sep-Oct 2012
Physical inactivity is of concern for the majority of age groups within the United States. Limited engagement in physical activity (PA) has been linked with an increased risk for a host of health problems, including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Benefits of PA are widely documented and accepted yet many people, especially school-aged children, lack the necessary activity levels to combat these health risks. While providing students with increased opportunities to engage in PA both inside and outside the physical education setting, a concern for physical educators is their ability to adequately assess students' PA. The assessment of PA provides educators with an opportunity to calculate the effectiveness of their lessons from an activity perspective. In addition, comparisons can be made in relation to the amount of different pedagogical approaches and/or units of study offered. The purpose of this article is to provide physical educators with an overview of diverse techniques and equipment to measure PA within their dynamic physical education class. The authors discuss how PA can be assessed through: (a) teacher observation; (b) self-monitoring; (c) self-reporting; and (d) activity monitors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States