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ERIC Number: EJ782464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0273-5024
Children's Physical Activity and Environmental Influences during Elementary School Physical Education
Chow, Bik C.; McKenzie, Thomas L.; Louie, Lobo
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v27 n1 p38-50 Jan 2008
Physical activity (PA) during physical education is important for health purposes and for developing physical fitness and movement skills. To examine PA levels and how PA was influenced by environmental and instructor-related characteristics, we assessed children's activity during 368 lessons taught by 105 physical education specialists in 42 randomly selected schools in Hong Kong. Trained observers used SOFIT in randomly selected classes, grades 4-6, during three climatic seasons. Results indicated children's PA levels met the U.S. Healthy People 2010 objective of 50% engagement time and were higher than comparable U.S. populations. Multiple regression analyses revealed that temperature, teacher behavior, and two lesson characteristics (subject matter and mode of delivery) were significantly associated with the PA levels. Most of these factors are modifiable, and changes could improve the quantity and intensity of children's PA. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong