College Female Students' Fitness Levels, Learning Motivation, and Attitudes in a Physical Education Setting

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Economic prosperity and modern technology have raised the quality of life in Taiwan to developed-world levels. And like developed countries around the world, Taiwan has begun to make physical fitness a national priority (Taiwan Time, 2004). According to the government, which formulated the Challenge 2008 National Development Plan in May 2002, the Executive Yuan stresses that physical health is the foundation for the next generation of society. Promoting health and physical activity is an important goal for the central government. Therefore, this study was design to investigate the status of undergraduate female students' fitness levels, learning motivation, and attitude in school-based physical education programs. Full-time undergraduate female students in different type of educational systems (college vs. institution of technology) in northern Taiwan participated in dais study. Six hundred questionnaires were distributed to colleges and institutions of technology in the northern area of Taiwan. Five hundred forty valid questionnaires were returned. Results were compared and grouped in terms of different type of educational systems and desire to take the relate course. A t test analysis revealed a significant difference between different types of educational system students in fitness levels, learning motivation, and attitude in school-based physical education programs. …