Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Using Heart Rate Monitors to Compare the Physical Activity Levels of Males and Females in Coeducational and Gender Segregated Sixth-Grade Physical Education Classes. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Using Heart Rate Monitors to Compare the Physical Activity Levels of Males and Females in Coeducational and Gender Segregated Sixth-Grade Physical Education Classes. (Pedagogy)

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Although Title IX has now been in effect for 30 years, a fair amount of controversy still exists regarding whether coeducational or gender segregated classes provide the best setting for male and female students at the secondary level. This study compared the physical activity levels of male and female students in coeducational and gender segregated physical education classes, The participants were 48 sixth-grade students from an urban elementary school. Using a mixed model factorial analysis of variance, the participants were studied in both a controlled (coed) and an experimental (gender segregated) setting. The participants wore Polar heart rate monitors for 6 days of game play in an Ultimate Frisbee unit. Three days were in coed classes, and 3 days were in gender-segregated classes. In every class, the participants recorded starting, middle, and ending heart rates. The heart rate data were compared for the two settings in order to determine which setting solicited the greatest amount of physical activity. Results of the study indicated that heart rates for male students were higher than those for female students at the beginning, middle, and end of the class in both coeducational and segregated settings. …

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