Young children’s physical activity levels in primary (elementary) schools: what impact does physical education lessons have for young children?

Howells, K., Wellard, I. and Woolf-May, K. (2018) Young children’s physical activity levels in primary (elementary) schools: what impact does physical education lessons have for young children? Early Child Development and Care. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0300-4430.

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Abstract

Objectives: This paper explores the impact of physical education (PE) lessons, focusing on children aged 6–7 years, an underrepresented age in physical activity research.

Methods: 10 children wore Actigraph accelerometers recording physical activity throughout the school day (9 am until 3.10 pm), for a year. Repeated measures ANOVA analysed: type of day (days including PE and days that did not) and gender (p <.05).

Results: Boys achieved 88% (girls 70%) of the recommended daily
physical activity levels on PE days compared to 77% (girls 63%) on non PE days. Significant differences occurred, boys more active than girls also PE days being more active than non-PE days.

Conclusion: The novel findings indicate PE lessons significantly contributes to children’s physical activity levels.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical education; children’s physical activity
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0201 Physical education
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0557 Sports
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0558 Sports science
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1555 Elementary or public school education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
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Depositing User: Dr Kristy Howells
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 16:21
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 08:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17543

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