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ERIC Number: EJ995169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1752
Are Physical Education Majors Models for Fitness?
Kamla, James; Snyder, Ben; Tanner, Lori; Wash, Pamela
SRATE Journal, v22 n1 p16-22 Fall-Win 2012
The National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) (2002) has taken a firm stance on the importance of adequate fitness levels of physical education teachers stating that they have the responsibility to model an active lifestyle and to promote fitness behaviors. Since the NASPE declaration, national initiatives like Let's Move (Obama, 2011) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Nutrition Standards for School Meals (2012) have further elevated the need for physical education teachers to serve as fitness leaders. In response to this national attention, this study compared fitness levels of Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) majors to non-PETE majors using six physical fitness tests. The results yielded that PETE majors, with the exception of the one-mile run, are not significantly more fit. Therefore, the timeliness of these results should serve to further raise the awareness of physical education teacher preparation institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A