Capstone/Dissertation Title

How Personal Goal Setting is used as an Effective Tool to Increase Physical Fitness and Activity Levels in the G.O.A.L Curriculum


Spring 5-12-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Leah Kuypers

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Debbie Schock


The research question addressed in this project was, how can I develop a curriculum to teach students the importance of goal setting as an effective tool to improve physical activity and fitness? The motivating factor for this capstone was the desire to influence middle school students to improve their overall physical fitness and activity levels. This capstone reveals the G.O.A.L (Goal Oriented Active Lifestyle) curriculum and the components surrounded around personal goal setting in the physical education environment. The author develops lessons that integrate elements related to assessment of physical fitness level, knowledge of the importance of physical fitness and activity, development of personal fitness and activity goals, design of an exercise program, and self reflection within goal setting. The curriculum is to be incorporated into daily lessons and can be applied in conjuncture with a general physical education curriculum.


Curriculum, Physical Education, Goal Setting

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