Physical Educators' Attitudes and Knowledge toward Working with Mexican Americans. (Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity)

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Americans have been facing two major social issues in recent years. Many Americans are failing to maintain the recommended dally physical activity. In addition to the alarming trends related to physical activity, people throughout the world are migrating to the US. Within the next 20 years, it is projected that one in every five children in public schools will be Latinos. Educators must address the health and wellness needs of our multicultural population. In order to provide effective educational services to students from various backgrounds, teachers' attitudes and knowledge are important. As suggested in the self-fulfilling prophecy theory, teachers' attitudes and expectations can have a direct effect on their students learning. However, there is a lack of knowledge on physical educators' attitudes and knowledge toward our multicultural population including Latino children. The primary purpose of this study was to examine physical educators' attitude and knowledge about working with Mexican Americans (MA). Secondly, this study examined the effects of multicultural training on the attitude and knowledge. Participants in this study were 91 physical educators. Attitude and knowledge levels of physical educators toward MA were measured by the Mexican American Attitude and Knowledge Scale. A one-sample t test was employed to compare the participants' attitude and knowledge. …