Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Active Homework in Physical Education: Effects, Perceptions, and Implications

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Active Homework in Physical Education: Effects, Perceptions, and Implications

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Mark A. Smith and David B. Claxton, Western Carolina University

Sedentary lifestyles of American school children have been recognized as a major health concern. The American College of Sport Medicine and others have recommended that children be physically active for at least 30-40 min per day. Physical education classes by themselves do not provide enough physical activity time to meet this goal. The Center for Disease Control has recommended that physical education teachers encourage students to be active outside of school and that physical activity at home can be promoted by assigning homework that students can do alone or with family members. The purposes of this study were to determine the effect of assigning active homework in physical education on adolescents' physical activity levels, and to examine student and parental perceptions of physical education homework. Forty-seven seventh graders and 48 eighth graders completed the Previous Day Physical Activity Recall (PDPAR) instrument over a 9-week period to measure their energy expenditures. During Weeks 4 through 6 the participants were given three active homework assignments per week. Approximately half of the students were instructed to complete their homework assignments with a parent. …

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