Date of Award

12-1991

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Debra Berkey

Third Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study investigated the emphasis placed on health-related fitness in Michigan's secondary school physical education system. Information for this study was gathered from questionnaires. A total of 707 questionnaires was sent out, with 421 returned, representing a response rate of 59%. Analyzed variables included: (a) psychomotor, (b) cognitive, (c) socio-economic, (d) frequency, (e) geographical regions, (f) class size, (g) faculty, (h) public/private education, (i) facilities, and (j) evaluation tests. Statistical analyses included percentages, frequencies, and chi squares.

The findings from this study indicated that only two variables, (c) socioeconomic, and (j) evaluation, had a significant effect on fitness education. It was concluded that the lower the socioeconomic status, the lower the cognitive emphasis on health related physical fitness. For evaluation, it was found that schools using some form of evaluation tool provided a greater cognitive emphasis on health related physical fitness topics.

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