Publication: Students’ attitudes towards and experiences of the Youth-fit health-related fitness test battery

Research Impact: There is a scarcity of pragmatic experimental investigations examining the effects of specific changes to how physical education is delivered on the quality of the experience that students derive. Analysing students’ attitudes and experiences is a critical step in developing evidence-based pedagogical approaches. The aim of this study was to examine secondary school students’ attitudes towards and experiences of a student-centred health-related fitness test battery, administered using best practice recommendations including: small-group design; peer-administered; comparison with criterion-referenced rather normative values; and an opportunity to familiarise with the purpose and protocols of test items prior to testing day. Participants had positive attitudes towards and experiences of the Youth-fit test battery. Physical education teachers should consider implementing a small-group and student-centred approach when administering fitness tests to enhance both the accuracy of the measures obtained and educational value of the learning experience.

O’Keeffe, B. T., MacDonncha, C., & Donnelly, A. E. (2020). Students’ attitudes towards and experiences of the Youth-fit health-related fitness test battery. European Physical Education Reviewhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X20917416

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