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Baghurst, Timothy; Langley, Jennifer; Bishop, Jason C. – Physical Educator, 2015
The rate of childhood obesity in the United States is approximately 17%. Because physical education can be a key intervention strategy against this epidemic, this study was conducted to determine physical educators' perceptions on their use of recommended national standards specifically focused on physical fitness and activity in their classroom.…
Descriptors: National Standards, Physical Education, Teacher Attitudes, Physical Education Teachers
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Mally, Kristi K. – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2009
Lots of learning takes place in gymnasiums. A teacher's job is to direct that learning and funnel it toward what the profession deems important. This requires teachers to have a sound understanding of what constitutes learning and how learning is observable beyond the movement product. This article aims to make research-based best practices…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Recreational Facilities, Classroom Environment
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Quitério, Ana Luísa Dias – Health Education Journal, 2013
Objective: To assess the effectiveness of physical education (PE) interventions designed to foster health features among school-aged children, and to present a qualitative perspective of the different approaches that are most effective in promoting health among youth. Design: Systematic review. Method: An extensive electronic literature search was…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Literature Reviews
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Hardy, Louise L.; O'Hara, Blythe J.; Rogers, Kris; St George, Alexis; Bauman, Adrian – Journal of School Health, 2014
Background: To examine the associations between children's organized physical activity (OPA), nonorganized physical activity (NOPA), and health-related outcomes (fundamental movement skill [FMS] fitness). Methods: Cross-sectional survey of children aged 10-16?years (N?=?4273). Organized physical activity and NOPA were assessed by self-report,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Psychomotor Skills, Physical Activities, Correlation
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Mally, Kristi – Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 2005
The Skill Theme approach underlies the purpose and design of the movement maps described in this article. This approach promotes fundamental movement skill competence. Learning experiences are designed to accommodate the developmental needs of individual students. Further, an emphasis is placed on providing high repetition and variety through…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Psychomotor Skills, Maps, Physical Education
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Pica, Rae – Young Children, 2011
NAEYC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the US Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that preschool programs offer physical education. There are many reasons why. First, young children form healthy habits early in life. Before entering elementary school they learn to brush their teeth, bathe…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Young Children, Child Health
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Parrish, Anne-Maree; Yeatman, Heather; Iverson, Don; Russell, Ken – Health Education Research, 2012
School break times provide a daily opportunity for children to be active; however, research indicates this time is underutilized. Reasons for low children's playground activity levels have primarily focused on physical barriers. This research aimed to contribute to physical environmental findings affecting children's playground physical activity…
Descriptors: Playground Activities, Physical Activities, Bullying, Physical Activity Level
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Riethmuller, Annaleise; McKeen, Kim; Okely, Anthony D.; Bell, Colin; de Silva Sanigorski, Andrea – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
Physical activity habits are established in early childhood. Increasing a child's fundamental movement skill confidence and competence may result in a trajectory of increased physical activity and a lower risk of becoming overweight. The evidence upon which the promotion of physical activity in early childhood settings is based is tenuous. This…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Young Children, Professional Development
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Wright, Jan; Konza, Deslea; Hearne, Doug; Okely, Tony – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2008
Background: Following the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the NSW Premier, Mr Bob Carr, launched a school-based initiative in NSW government primary schools called the "Gold Medal Fitness Program" to encourage children to be fitter and more active. The Program was introduced into schools through a model of professional development, "Quality…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Research Design, Physical Education, Physical Activities
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Pan, Chien-Yu; Tsai, Chia-Liang; Chu, Chia-Hua – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2009
The purpose of this study was to compare the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and those without disabilities. Ninety-one children (ASD, n = 28; ADHD, n = 29; control, n = 34), ages 6-10 years, were of average IQ participated. After controlling for age, both ASD and…
Descriptors: Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Motor Development, Psychomotor Skills
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Coker, Cheryl A. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2018
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine whether functional movement proficiency could be improved as measured via the Functional Movement Screen using a standardized warm-up protocol in middle school physical education. A secondary purpose was to determine whether such improvement, if it occurred, would positively influence the technical…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Physical Education, Psychomotor Skills, Grade 7
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Vidoni, Carla; Ignico, Arlene – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents from low-income families in the USA has become a significant concern over the last 20 years. One of the major contributors to this problem is the lack of physical activity. The purpose of this paper is to describe initiatives designed to: (1) engage young children in physical activity during…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level
Foley, Adam D. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to develop a deeper understanding of aural and kinesthetic rhythm skill development in elementary school-age children. In this study, I examined my curriculum model for rhythm understanding, which included creating and implementing assessments of movement skills in meter and rhythm. The research questions were: 1.…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Motion, Elementary School Students, Aural Learning
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Okely, Anthony D.; Booth, Michael L.; Chey, Tien – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2004
The purpose of this study was to examine associations of fundamental movement skills (FMS) with measures of body composition. among children and adolescents. Secondary analyses of cross-sectional data collected from 4,363 children and adolescents in Grades 4, 6, 8, and 10 as part of the 1997 New South Wales Schools Fitness and Physical Activity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Body Weight, Physical Activities, Body Composition
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Cashmore, Aaron W.; Jones, Sandra C. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2008
The child care center is an ideal setting in which to implement strategies to promote physical activity and healthy weight, but there is a paucity of empirical evidence on factors that influence physical activity in these settings. The current study gathered initial qualitative data to explore these factors. Child care workers from five long day…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Health Promotion, Physical Activity Level, Focus Groups
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