Measurement in Physical Education

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appendix B
suggested laboratory exercises
The highlight of the measurement course manifests itself in the laboratory, where each student is offered an opportunity to practice test administration tinder the trained eye of the professor. The objectives of this experience include:
1. Opportunity to select a test or tests with a specific purpose to be accomplished.
2. Preparing oneself to administer the test properly and efficiently.
3. Responsibility for preparing the test area, which includes organizing equipment, securing score cards, and drawing up directions.
4. 4. Orienting the students to be tested.
5. 5. Analyzing the test data for meaningful results.
6. 6. Reporting to class on the test results, and suggesting how they might be applied in the construction of a physical education program.

The pedagogical approach to the laboratory program varies, depending upon the instructor. For example, this is the way in which the author conducts his tests and measurement laboratories:

After the lecture in which classification of testing instruments is presented, time is spent discussing in some detail the types of tests included in each of the classifications. The discussion always emphasizes the use of test results in the physical education program. Testing for the sake of testing is a waste of time.

Once the students have gained a fair understanding of the classification, two or three students are assigned an area of testing, e.g., strength, cardiovascular, motor fitness, motor ability, nutrition, skill, or body me


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