Measurement in Physical Education

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The brief historical outline has oriented us in regard to the beginning of measurement as well as to the present and future directions of this area of physical education.In conclusion, it seems reasonable to suggest several objectives that the student might hope to achieve during the course in tests and measurements:
1. An understanding of the vital relationship that exists between measurement and evaluation and the objectives of the program. When you have succeeded in achieving this objective, the program, the pupil, and the teacher will benefit.
2. An appreciation for and knowledge of the principles in organizing and administering efficiently the measurement schedule in the physical education program. Efficient administration of the selected tests results in more reliable test scores and greater respect for the measurement schedule by pupils and colleagues.
3. A comprehension of basic procedures in analyzing the data collected from the testing program. In order to use effectively the results of the tests, you must understand elementary statistical procedures.
4. An understanding of the basic principles underlying the application of measurement results to the program. Regardless of the tests you select to administer, there are basic principles in applying the test results to your program. If these test results are not used, it is better not to test at all.
5. An acquaintance with the more pertinent tests in the field of measurement and evaluation. You should become sufficiently familiar with this field to know the best tests available for your particular needs. Furthermore, as a professional person, you should not only be conversant with them, but be able to evaluate these tests scientifically in terms of their utility in the program.


1. Brownell, Clifford L., and Hagman, Patricia (Eds.): Physical Education-Foundations and Principles. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1951, Chapter 8.

2. Bucher, Charles A., Koenig, C., and Barnhard, M.: Methods and Materials for Secondary Physical Education. 2nd ed. St. Louis, C. V. Mosby Company, 1965, pp. 39-42.

3. Chamberlain, C. G., and Smiley, D. F.: "Functional Health and the Physical Fitness Index". Research Quart., Vol. 2, March, 1931.

4. Clarke, H. Harrison: Application of Measurement to Health and Physical Education. 4th ed. New York, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1969, p. 141.

5. Good, Carter V.: Dictionary of Education. 2nd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1959, p. 209.

6. Hackensmith, Charles W.: History of Physical Education. New York, Harper and Row, Publishers, 1966.

7. Holland, George: The Physiology of Flexibility: A Review of The Literature. Kinesiology Review, 1968, pp. 49-62.


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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter 1 Approach to Measurement and Evaluation 1
  • Bibliography 23
  • Chapter 2 Test Selection 25
  • Chapter 3 Analysis of Test Scores 33
  • Bibliography 71
  • Chapter 4 Measuring Strength 72
  • Bibliography 107
  • Chapter 5 Motor Fitness Tests 109
  • Bibliography 156
  • Chapter 6 General Motor Ability 157
  • Bibliography 201
  • Chapter 7 Sports Skill Testing 204
  • Bibliography 228
  • Chapter 8 Cardiovascular Tests 229
  • Bibliography 258
  • Chapter 9 Nutritional Measurements and Somatotype 260
  • Bibliography 295
  • Chapter 10 Evaluation of Body Mechanics 297
  • Introduction 297
  • Bibliography 336
  • Chapter 11 Evaluation of Social Development 338
  • Bibliography 358
  • Chapter 12 Sports Knowledge Tests 360
  • Bibliography 372
  • Chapter 13 Marking in Physical Education 374
  • Bibliography 390
  • Chapter 14 Organization and Administration of the Measurement Program 391
  • Bibliography 404
  • Appendix a Table of Square Roots of Numbers from 1 to 1000 405
  • Appendix B Suggested Laboratory Exercises 416
  • Appendix C the New Britain System 420
  • Appendix D Norms for Aahper Youth Fitness Test 428
  • Appendix E Norms for Kirchner Motor Fitness Test 452
  • Appendix F Norms for Oregon Motor Fitness Test 456
  • Index 463


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