Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Impact of Technology-Enhanced Curriculum on High School Students' Physical Activity Participation

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Impact of Technology-Enhanced Curriculum on High School Students' Physical Activity Participation

Article excerpt

The financial support of the PEP grant has enabled more schools to adopt technology enhanced curriculum in their physical education programs. Yet, study to investigate the impact of technology implementation (e.g., Heart Rate monitors, Trifit and Fitnessgram) in physical education to promote physical activity participation is limited. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of technology enhanced curriculum on students' motivation to physical activity participation in or outside physical education classes. Participants are students from a grade 9-12 public high school in the Midwest who had daily physical education for at least one semester. The technology enhanced curriculum offers two cardiorespiratory-activity based classes each week using heart rate monitors, Trifit, or Fitnessgram. Two male and three female focus group interviews (N = 47) were conducted by research team members each time using semistructured questions. All interviews were audio taped and transcribed for data analysis. Common themes were identified and discussed by research team members. Findings indicate that heart rate monitor and Trifit can provide immediate feedback that can made students work harder. The technology enhanced curriculum allows students to have a relatively flexible schedule to complete their work load and select physical activities of their preference. …

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