Measurement in Physical Education

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chapter 1
approach to measurement and evaluation

Indeed, the application of scientific knowledge to determine the kind and amount of physical activity needed to meet the individual child's needs is imperative to the further improvement of physical education programs.

Ellis Champlin

Why a course in tests and measurements? This is a logical question and deserves a complete answer. As a physical educator you are going to be entrusted with the most priceless product on earth, children. The pupils under your guidance are individuals and as such require specific attention. A child is extremely complex in make-up and decidedly unique in many respects. He has varying abilities in the numerous physical and mental skills required of him by the culture he has inherited, and he has certain physiological limitations. In some skills he will excel; in others he will lack ability. Since it is acknowledged that some pupils can handle a more difficult course of instruction than others, how does the teacher select the proper program for each pupil? He does this through the use of evaluation and measurement techniques.

Evaluation implies the judgment, appraisal, rating, and interpretation so fundamental to the total educational process. Such qualitative methods and instruments as teacher observation, judgments, surveys, anecdotal records, check lists, score cards, and questionnaires are employed to consider evidence in the light of value standards and in terms of the particular situation and the goals of the group or individual. Evaluation is a continuous process dealing with the overall goals of education.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter 1 Approach to Measurement and Evaluation 1
  • Bibliography 23
  • Chapter 2 Test Selection 25
  • Chapter 3 Analysis of Test Scores 33
  • Bibliography 71
  • Chapter 4 Measuring Strength 72
  • Bibliography 107
  • Chapter 5 Motor Fitness Tests 109
  • Bibliography 156
  • Chapter 6 General Motor Ability 157
  • Bibliography 201
  • Chapter 7 Sports Skill Testing 204
  • Bibliography 228
  • Chapter 8 Cardiovascular Tests 229
  • Bibliography 258
  • Chapter 9 Nutritional Measurements and Somatotype 260
  • Bibliography 295
  • Chapter 10 Evaluation of Body Mechanics 297
  • Introduction 297
  • Bibliography 336
  • Chapter 11 Evaluation of Social Development 338
  • Bibliography 358
  • Chapter 12 Sports Knowledge Tests 360
  • Bibliography 372
  • Chapter 13 Marking in Physical Education 374
  • Bibliography 390
  • Chapter 14 Organization and Administration of the Measurement Program 391
  • Bibliography 404
  • Appendix a Table of Square Roots of Numbers from 1 to 1000 405
  • Appendix B Suggested Laboratory Exercises 416
  • Appendix C the New Britain System 420
  • Appendix D Norms for Aahper Youth Fitness Test 428
  • Appendix E Norms for Kirchner Motor Fitness Test 452
  • Appendix F Norms for Oregon Motor Fitness Test 456
  • Index 463
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