TITLE

Block Scheduling in Secondary Physical Education: East Compared to West Coast United States of America

AUTHOR(S)
Hynes-Hunter, Joanne Margaret; Avery, Sarah
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
Physical Educator;Early Winter2007, Vol. 64 Issue 4, p170
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study presents findings that investigated the effects of block scheduling (90-120 minute periods) on sixth-to-twelfth grade students attending secondary physical education classes located in the northeast and west-coast United States. Quantitative methods of data collection were utilized. Results found students spent more time "waiting" and in "management" and less time in "activity. " Furthermore, although the proportion of appropriate to inappropriate responses to tasks was in the right range, the number of opportunities to respond was low. Therefore, even though it seems there are advantages in adopting block scheduling, including the provision of a larger block of time to carry out state and national learning standards, this study, also raises several questions concerning it's effectiveness. Consequently, suggestions that will help improve teaching strategies of teachers, including how to keep the students involved in active learning activities throughout the 90-minute class period, are discussed.
ACCESSION #
28747260

 

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