TITLE

Preservice Physical Education Teacher Attitudes Toward Fitness Tests and the Factors Influencing Their Attitudes

AUTHOR(S)
Xiaofen Deng Keating; Silverman, Stephen; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges
PUB. DATE
January 2002
SOURCE
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jan2002, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p193
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined preservice teacher (PT) attitudes toward fitness tests in schools. A total of 613 PTs at 10 state universities took part in the study. Participants completed a previously validated instrument designed to measure the affective and cognitive components of attitude toward fitness tests. Results suggested that PTs had only slightly positive attitudes toward fitness tests. They did not believe strongly that fitness tests were important or useful. Similar attitude responses were found as students' professional preparation increased. Thus, physical education teacher education (PETE) programs did not appear to significantly change PT attitudes. Age, gender, associations with professional organizations, or the type of fitness test PTs had performed in their K-12 education also did not impact their attitudes. PT previous experience with fitness tests, however, did influence their attitudes. As might be expected, those who had positive experiences had more positive attitudes.
ACCESSION #
6761837

 

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