Capstone/Dissertation Title

How teachers perceive their role in promoting physical health in schools

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how do teachers perceive their role in promoting physical health in schools? The capstone was influenced by the rise in obesity/overweight in United States children, coupled with the increase in sedentary time in relation to academic pressures of No Child Left Behind. The author includes brain-based research which shows the brain's need for physical activity in order to effectively process and grow, in combination with community causes and effects of childhood obesity/overweight. A mixed-method study was conducted through which elementary classroom and specialist teachers were surveyed to study teachers' perception of their influence on student physical health. The study indicated that while teachers' perceived influence was great, their perceived role was minimal, partly to barriers of time and space.

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