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ERIC Number: EJ909280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Influence of High School Physical Education on University Student's Physical Activity
Kimball, Jessica; Jenkins, Jayne; Wallhead, Tristan
European Physical Education Review, v15 n2 p249-267 Jun 2009
The purpose of this study was to use the Lifelong Physical Activity (LLPA) framework to examine the influence of high school physical education (PE) on university students' level of physical activity (PA). Participants included 365 undergraduate students from the Rocky Mountain West of the USA enrolled in a university physical activity course. Data collection was comprised of a questionnaire and six gender-segregated follow-up focus group interviews consisting of three to six students in each group (n =16 males; n =11 females). Results revealed misalignment between curricular PA opportunities in high school programs and current modalities of PA. For females, lack of learning and discomfort in participating during high school PE lessons were significant pedagogical negative predictors of current levels of PA. For males, the high school PE experience had a minimal influence on current levels and modalities of PA. High school physical educators need to engage in more inclusive curriculum offerings and pedagogical practices that better prepare students for the lifespan stage transition from late adolescence to young adulthood. (Contains 4 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A