Capstone/Dissertation Title

Designing a high school physical education curriculum to increase student interest in lifetime fitness and health

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The goal of this capstone was to create a high school physical education curriculum with the following research questions in mind, How do we teach children what their bodies need to stay healthy? After they are done with school and organized sports teams and they no longer have a teacher or coach telling them what to do to be active, will they know how to make physical activity a part of their daily lives to meet their health goals? And what kinds of activities and/or strategies should be employed to increase student motivation and interest in fitness? It documents the importance of such a program in terms of health and other benefits to students and examines ways to increase student interest and motivation for physical activity. The author developed a fitness based curriculum to be used with secondary students and describes anticipated successes and challenges of implementing the curriculum.

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