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Peyer, Karissa L.; Welk, Gregory J.; Eisenmann, Joey C.; Saint-Maurice, Pedro F. – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2019
Interpreting change in Body mass index (BMI) among youth by comparison to growth charts can be difficult because of maturation-related changes. The aim of this paper was to evaluate the utility of several alternative methods for assessing change in BMI among children. Participants included 1,615 children measured for stature and body mass in first…
Descriptors: Body Composition, Children, Change, Measures (Individuals)
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Chen, Han; Housner, Lynn; Gao, Yong – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2017
The study aimed to explore how weight changes from childhood to adolescence influenced the performances of physical fitness. The participants (N = 115) were pre-tested when they were in kindergarten, first, or second grades (mean age = 7.25). The same participants were post-tested again after 6 years. The President's Challenge test battery was…
Descriptors: Physical Fitness, Multivariate Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Children
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Herrmann, Christian; Gerlach, Erin; Seelig, Harald – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2015
A central aim of Physical Education (PE) is the promotion of basic motor competencies ("Motorische Basiskompetenzen" [MOBAK]). These are the necessary prerequisites for developing a physically active lifestyle. Valid test instruments are needed for the evaluation of the effect of PE. For this purpose, we developed a test instrument for…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Test Construction, Test Validity, Physical Education
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Sharma, Shreela V.; Chuang, Ru-Jye; Skala, Katherine; Atteberry, Heather – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2011
The purpose of this study is describe the initial feasibility, reliability, and validity of an instrument to measure physical activity in preschoolers using direct observation. The System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time for Preschoolers was developed and tested among 3- to 6-year-old children over fall 2008 for feasibility and reliability…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Fitness, Construct Validity
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Yan, Zi; Bond, Trevor G. – Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 2011
The main purpose of this study was to develop a Rasch Measurement Physical Fitness Scale (RMPFS) based on physical fitness indicators routinely used in Hong Kong primary schools. A total of 9,439 records of students' performances on physical fitness indicators, retrieved from the database of a Hong Kong primary school, were used to develop the…
Descriptors: Muscular Strength, Physical Fitness, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries