Year of Publication

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Education

Department

Kinesiology and Health Promotion

First Advisor

Dr. Heather Erwin

Abstract

Many strategies to increase children’s physical activity have been studied, noted and implemented. It is important that physical educators realize their role in increasing physical activity both in school and outside of school. In order to promote physical activity outside of school it is important to understand what types of physical activities in which children enjoy participating. This study manipulated specific games taught in physical education classes and then explored how many and what types of these activities were continued in out-of-school free play at home in the children’s neighborhood. The students’ activities increased after the intervention, especially the activities taught in the Physical Education class. Activities tended to take place closer to their homes and required little to no equipment. A majority of students enjoyed playing outside for at least one hour per day. A pre and post 7-day activity survey showed activity frequency increased after a games unit was taught in physical education class.

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