Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Understanding Teachers' Use of Fitness Test Batteries in School-Based Physical Education Programs. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Understanding Teachers' Use of Fitness Test Batteries in School-Based Physical Education Programs. (Pedagogy)

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Regular youth fitness test programs have been in existence for half a century. Little is known, however, about how teachers implement fimess test batteries. The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' use of fitness test programs in schools. This information will provide baseline data for investigating the efficacy of youth fitness testing. Full-time elementary and secondary physical education teachers (N = 325) in 10 states participated in the study. Data were collected using a prevalidated instrument--a survey of teachers' use of fitness tests and the factors influencing their use, which was developed according to the theoretical model of Ronis, Yates, and Kirscht (1989). The survey was tested, and retested to ensure acceptable reliability and validity. Two parts were included in the survey: demographic information, and information associated with the status of teachers' use of fitness tests, and factors influencing use, which are not reported here. For questions related to the use of fitness tes t programs, yes/no answers were required, while a 1-7 Likert-type scale was used for questions such as the purposes of using fitness tests, problems encountered, preparation needed, and the use of fitness test results. The means and standard deviations of continuous variables were computed. The frequencies of the category variables were calculated and the percentages of the frequencies were reported. …

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