A Study of Preservice Physical Education Teachers’ Content Knowledge of Health-Related Fitness

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  • 1 Sam Houston State University
  • | 2 University of North Texas
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Purpose: The authors assessed common content knowledge of health-related fitness in a national representative sample of preservice physical education teachers in the United States. Methods: Six hundred and twenty-one preservice physical education teachers from 68 physical education teacher education (PETE) programs located in different regions in the United States completed the 40 multiple choice items health-related fitness knowledge test during the semester prior to their student teaching. In addition, each PETE program coordinator/department head completed the PETE Program Information Questionnaire. Results: The mean percentage correct on the test was 61.3% (M = 24.5, SD = 4.9). Analyses of variance and t-test analyses indicated that common content knowledge of health-related fitness was not a function of sex, program size, or region of the United States. Discussion/Conclusions: These data suggest that preservice physical education teachers in the United States lack common content knowledge of health-related fitness and warrant the attention of PETE programs.

Santiago is with the Department of Kinesiology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA. Morrow is Regents Professor Emeritus with the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA.

Santiago (jas083@shsu.edu) is corresponding author.
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