Chapter 4: Instructional Variables and Student Knowledge and Conceptions of Fitness

Stewart, Susan; Mitchell, Murray
October 2003
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2003, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p533
Academic Journal
Although there is a growing awareness regarding the benefits of regular physical activity, it is estimated that more than 60% of American adults are not regularly active and 25% of the adult population is completely sedentary as of October 2003. Nearly half of the U.S. adolescents aged 12-21 years are not physically active on a regular basis and approximately 14% report no recent physical activity. In addition, daily enrollment in physical education has dropped from 42% to 29% among high school students from 1991 to 1999, with only 56% of students enrolled in a physical education class. The physical education curriculum in the state of South Carolina is representative of a trend towards increasing instruction in health-related fitness concepts. The South Carolina Physical Education Assessment Program, initiated in January 2000, was formed to provide professional development to ensure programs were consistent with the standards and to provide the U.S. State Department of Education a valid and reliable assessment of physical education programs in South Carolina.


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