Handbook of Physical Education Research: Role of School Programs, Children’s Attitudes and Health Implications


Ricky Todaro (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU033000

An effective planning in Physical Education entails taking into account a set of psychological, sport training-related, and pedagogical principles developed in a particular educational setting. This is a complex task that teachers usually do without the necessary time to develop it carefully. Several problems associated with this process are explained in this book. The objectives of planning in physical education, independently of the context where it will be applied, have to be aligned to the respective national standards in each country.

This book explores the world of physical education in schools. It includes discussions on several topics which include a historical overview of the relation between health and physical education; new institutional designs to achieve better results for children; the role of professionally guided physical education in primary school; effects of traditional games played in physical education classes with elementary school students; school-based physical activity interventions to prevent or reduce obesity; and the psychosocial dynamics of physical education for students with disabilities. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Students’ Attitudes towards Physical Education (pp. 1-24)
Rolf Kretschmann and Daniel Wrobel (Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso, United States, and others)

Chapter 2 – Performance on Physical Activities and Athletic Bias in Body Mass Index in Middle School Students (pp. 25-50)
Stephen Erfle, Ph.D. (International Business and Management, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA)

Chapter 3 – New Institutional Designs to Achieve Better Results for Children (pp. 51-72)
Hal A. Lawson, Phillip D. Tomporowski and Daniel M. Pendleton (Schools of Education & Social Welfare, The University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY and others)

Chapter 4 – Psychomotor Training Program As a Treatment Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (pp. 73-90)
Ting Liu and Sayed ElGarhy (Texas State University, and others)

Chapter 5 – Analyzing the Effects of Daily Physical Education in Middle Schools on Obesity: Evidence from Pennsylvania’s Active Schools Program (pp. 91-108)
Stephen Erfle, Ph.D. (International Business and Management, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA)

Chapter 6 – The Psychosocial Dynamics of Physical Education for Students with Disabilities (pp. 109-118)
Jeffrey J. Martin, Suzanna R. Dillon and Kari R. Kischnick (Division of Kinesiology, Health, & Sport Studies)

Chapter 7 – About the Benefits of Physical Activity in Child Care Centers: A Synopsis of Studies in Child Care Centers in Munich (pp. 118-142)
Heinz Krombholz (State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Munich, Federal Republic of Germany)

Chapter 8 – Analysis of Homophobia during Physical Education Lessons in Spain (pp. 143-164)
Joaquín Piedra, Gonzalo Ramírez-Macías, Francis Ries and Augusto R. Rodríguez-Sánchez (Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Seville, Spain, and others)

Chapter 9 – Fair Play in Physical Education in the Norwegian School System (pp. 165-182)
Ove Olsen Sæle and Åse Nylenna Akslen (NLA University College, Norway)

Chapter 10 – Coordinative Exercise for Children‘s Health (pp. 183-202)
Maria Chiara Gallotta, Ph.D. (Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 11 – Contribution of School Physical Education to Total Activity Volume in German Adolescents (pp. 203-220)
Maia Smith and Holger Schulz (Institute of Epidemiology I, Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstädter Landstr, Neuherberg, Germany)

Chapter 12 – The Role of Preschool Education and Holiday Family Program on Motor Skills and Health Variables Development on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Case Studies) (pp. 221-236)
Hana Válková and Milica Durjonić (Faculty of Sport Studies, Masaryk´s University in Brno, Czech Republic, and others)

Chapter 13 – Physical Education-Based Planning for Developing and Maintaining Students‘ Health-Related Physical Fitness Levels (pp. 237-252)
Jesús Viciana, Daniel Mayorg-Vega and Rafael Merino-Marban (Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Granada, Spain, and others)

Chapter 14 – The Transformation of a State School Extracurricular Sports Programme: From Discourse about Competition to Discourse about Participation and Health (pp. 253-268)
Borja Jiménez Herranz, Víctor Manuel López Pastor and Juan Carlos Manrique Arribas (Student at the University of Valladolid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 15 – Role of Professionally Guided Physical Education in Primary School (pp. 269-282)
Francesco Lucertini and Ario Federici (Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Division of Movement and Health Sciences; University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Urbino (PU), Italy)

Chapter 16 – Effect of a School-Intervention in a Health Related Parameter on Children (pp. 283-296)
J. J. Muros, P. Zorrilla, M. E. Rodriguez-Cabezas, J. Gálvez, H. López-García de la Serrana and J. A. Rufián-Henares (Department of Food Science, School of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, and others)

Chapter 17 – Motor Skills Observations and Grades in Physical Education: Evaluation of MUGI Observation Checklists (pp. 297-310)
Ingegerd Ericsson (Ph.D. in Education; Senior lecturer in Sport Sciences, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden)

Chapter 18 – Effects of Traditional Games Played in Physical Education Classes with Elementary School Students (pp. 311-322)
Javier Yanci, Jesús Cámara, Raúl Reina and Asier Los Arcos (Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Science, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, and others)

Chapter 19 – Effect of Early Morning Exercise in 6th Grade Students on Attention and School Performance: A Controlled 10-Week Intervention Study (pp. 323-334)
Ursula S. Spitzer, Christopher S. Gilbert and Thomas Mößle (University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany, and others)

Chapter 20 – Preschool and School Programs of Physical Education As a Prevention: Effects, Correlates and Health Implications (pp. 335-360)
Joško Sindik (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Ljudevita Gaja, Croatia)

Chapter 21 – A Historical Overview of the Relation between Health and Physical Education in Brazil: From the Nineteenth Century to Contemporary Times (pp. 361-376)
Cláudio Pellini Vargas and Carlos Fernando Ferreira da Cunha Junior (Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil, and others)

Chapter 22 – School–Based Physical Activity Interventions to Prevent or Reduce Obesity: An Overview of the Best Evidence (pp. 377-286)
Paulo Henrique Guerra, Evelyn Helena Corgosinho Ribeiro and Alexandre Romero (Group of Studies and Researches in Physical Activity Epidemiology (GEPAF), School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of University of São Paulo – Brazil, and others)

Chapter 23 – An Examination of Students‘ Negative Physical Education Attitudes (pp. 387-438)
Daniel B. Robinson (Department of Teacher Education and Department of Curriculum and Leadership, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Chapter 24 – Relationships between Fundamental Motor Skill Competence and Physical Activity in Primary School Students (pp. 439-456)
Ray Breed, Michael Spittle and Mark Howlett (St. Leonards College, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, and others)

Chapter 25 – The Potential of Rock Climbing As an Adventure Tourism Product and the Associated Socioeconomic Benefits (pp. 457-466)
Simen Eikeland Undheim, Claudia Ollenburg and Robert Nash (Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 26 – Importance of the Development of Prosocial Behavior Through Physical Education in the Adolescents’ Personality (pp. 467-472)
J. González, G. Caprara, E. Garcés de los Fayos and A. Zuffianó

Chapter 27 – Heat Illness: Health Concerns for School Physical Education (pp. 473-500)
Juraiporn Somboonwong, M.D., M.Sc. (Physiology) (Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)


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