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This special issue of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE) presents data that assesses relationships between and among motor competence, fitness, physical activity participation, and the self-perceptions of elementary-aged children. Topics covered include social cognitive and self-determination theories, personal attributes and experiences of physically active and inactive children, and influences of motor competence and motives on children’s physical activity.
JTPE presents original, high quality research on teaching, curriculum, and teacher education in physical education from the leading experts in the field. The qualitative and quantitative research included in JTPE is based on classroom and laboratory studies, descriptive and survey studies, summary and review articles, as well as discussions of current trends in the field. JTPE is an ideal resource for in-service and pre-service teachers, teacher educators, and administrators who wish to enhance their understanding of how children learn in physical education.
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage—Research Into Physical Activity Relationships and Children’s Progress Toward Achievement of the National Standards Kim C. Graber, Amelia Mays Woods, and Darla M. Castelli
Chapter 2: Theoretical Models for Understanding Physical Activity Behavior Among Children and Adolescents—Social Cognitive Theory and Self-Determination Theory Robert W. Motl
Chapter 3: The Relationship of Physical Fitness and Motor Competence to Physical Activity Darla M. Castelli and Julia A. Valley
Chapter 4: A Comparison of Personal Attributes and Experiences Among Physically Active and Inactive Children Darla M. Castelli and Heather E. Erwin
Chapter 5: Influences of Perceived Motor Competence and Motives on Children’s Physical Activity Amelia Mays Woods, Kristin N. Bolton, Kim C. Graber, and Gary S. Crull
Chapter 6: The Association of Children’s Environmental Access in Relation to Motor Competence, Physical Activity, and Fitness Heather E. Erwin, Amelia Mays Woods, Martha K. Woods, and Darla M. Castelli
Chapter 7: Are the National Standards Achievable? Conclusions and Recommendations Kim C. Graber and Lawrence F. Locke