Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

How Are Positive Attitudes toward Role Modeling Physical Activity and Fitness Promoting Behaviors among PETE Faculty, PETE Students, and K-12 Physical Educators Formed? (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

How Are Positive Attitudes toward Role Modeling Physical Activity and Fitness Promoting Behaviors among PETE Faculty, PETE Students, and K-12 Physical Educators Formed? (Pedagogy)

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In 2002 the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) released an updated position statement entitled, "Physical Activity and Fitness Recommendations for Physical Activity Professionals." The position statement reaffirms NASPE's belief that, "Participation in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an essential behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels (this includes coaches, K-12 teachers, physical education and kinesiology faculty in higher education, fitness professionals, athletes, all advocates of physically active lifestyles)." There remain concerns, however, that some people in the field (or entering the field) have not fully endorsed or embraced the role modeling concept highlighted in the position statement. This study sought to identify variables associated with the formation of positive attitudes toward role modeling physical activity and fitness promoting behaviors among a sample of 600 physical education teacher education (PETE)-affiliated university faculty (10.1%), PETE students (25.3%), and K-12 physical education teachers (64.7%). The mean age of the participants was 35.7 years, and the majority of participants were women (55.3%), Caucasian (92.8%), exercised regularly (84.2%), and had an "acceptable" body mass index (BMI; 51.4%). Along with a demographic questionnaire, participants completed self-perceived physical activity and fitness measures, the Weekly Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (exercise METS), and the Attitude Toward Role Modeling (ATRM) Scale. …

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