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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hopple, Christine J.
URN etd-09042008-063557
Title What children think, feel, and know about physical fitness testing
Degree Master of Science
Department Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Graham, George M. Committee Chair
Stratton, Richard K. Committee Member
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Children
Date of Defense 1994-05-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
For thousands of students this year alone, taking the physical fitness tests will be as much a part of the annual school routine as is the first day of school, lunch, and standardized tests in the classroom. Given this, it becomes relevant to gain some insights into what students think, feel, and know about these tests. For example, do students know why they take the test items? How to improve their performance on the test items? What do they think about taking the tests? Do students who perform well on the tests think differently than those who don't?

To answer questions like the above, 54 students in the fourth and fifth grades from two different schools were interviewed two-at-a-time using a semi-structured interview format. Interviews with physical education and other school staff were also conducted to provide for multiple sources of data (triangulation).

Audiotaped interviews were transcribed, numbered line-by-line, and analyzed according to qualitative methods. Assertions were developed which were supported by the data. Results indicate that most students have an incomplete, concrete understanding of the purposes and concepts pertaining to the physical fitness tests.

Teacher's urging or encouraging behaviors during test administration have a large effect on students feelings about taking the tests, and many times students, especially those who tend to score poorly on the tests, receive negative feedback from their peers in the form of ridicule and embarrassment

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