The role of biographical characteristics in preservice classroom teachers' school physical activity promotion attitudes

Collin Webster, Eva Monsma, Heather Erwin

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Abstract

Recommendations for increasing children's daily physical activity (PA) call on classroom teachers to assume an activist role at school. This study examined relationships among preservice classroom teachers' (PCT; n = 247) biographical characteristics, perceptions and attitudes regarding school PA promotion (SPAP). Results indicated participants who completed SPAP-related college coursework and had PA-related teaching/coaching experiences reported higher SPAP competence. Significant relationships were found among BMI, personal PA competence and SPAP competence in the contexts of PE and extracurricular settings. Personal PA competence and SPAP competence at recess and in the classroom predicted 19% of the variance in SPAP attitudes. Experiences in PA settings and preservice training may have important implications for the overall success of efforts to enhance school PA promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-377
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical activity
  • Physical education
  • Psychology
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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