youth, (2) inform the coordination of more comprehensive physical activity programming for youth, and (3) identify the domains of youth physical activity for measurement and surveillance. Research, practitioners, and policymakers should use Y-PATHS as a guiding tool to help improve the quality and
Jacob Szeszulski, Kevin Lanza, Erin E. Dooley, Ashleigh M. Johnson, Gregory Knell, Timothy J. Walker, Derek W. Craig, Michael C. Robertson, Deborah Salvo, and Harold W. Kohl III
Personal biography influences preservice classroom teachers’ (PCT) perceptions and attitudes related to school-based physical activity promotion (SPAP). Using an uncontrolled prepost design, this study investigated associations between biographical variables and changes in PCTs’ SPAP attitudes and perceived competence while enrolled in a 16-week SPAP course. PCTs (N = 201) completed baseline measures assessing biographical variables of year in school, sports participation, coaching/teaching experience, BMI, satisfaction with K-12 physical education (PE) and perceived physical activity (PA) competence, and prepost measures assessing SPAP attitudes and perceived competence. One-way repeated measures analysis of variance procedures showed statistically significant, positive changes in PCTs’ scores on all SPAP measures. Mixed-model analysis of variance/covariance techniques indicated sport participation, teaching/coaching experience, PE satisfaction and perceived PA competence were associated with changes in SPAP scores. Results suggest PCTs’ SPAP learning experiences should incorporate strategies for enhancing self-schemas and perceptions related to PE and PA.
Hal A. Lawson, Emily Jones, Zac Beddoes, Steven Estes, Stephanie A. Morris, Murray F. Mitchell, Hans van der Mars, and Phillip Ward
physical activity program offered at and connected to schools promises to become more important in the future. Unfortunately, it also corresponds to a troubling trend worldwide to outsource formal curricula and after school programs to external providers. References Beddoes , Z.E. , Prusak , K
Phillip Ward, Hal A. Lawson, Hans van der Mars, and Murray F. Mitchell
differences and others that they signal have importance for physical education and, more broadly, comprehensive physical activity program planning. All in all, the impact of physical education on children, and, in turn, families and the communities in which they live is influenced in complex ways. Variability