The Relationship between Physical Education Performance, Fitness Tests and Academic Achievement in Elementary School

By Chang Hung Chih and Jui-Fu Chen.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The relationship between physical education and academic achievement has been widely discussed and much work has been done to date. However, more studies need to be conducted to ascertain the relationship between academic achievements, physical education and sports participation in Taiwan. The purpose of the present study is to exam the relationship among physical education performance, physical fitness tests and academic achievement. Methodologically, documentary analysis, and questionnaires were conducted to the survey. A total of 476 pupils aged 11-12 participated in this study. Descriptive, partial correlation and linear regression were utilized to data analysis. Results of this study revealed a positive and significant relationship between students’ academic achievement, physical education and physical test. To conclude, this study may be of importance in estimating the relationship between academic achievement, physical education and fitness tests, as well as in providing powerful evidence for parents, teachers and officers while rethinking the significance of physical activities in future life.

Keywords: Academic Achievement, Physical Education, Physical Fitness Test

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 750.148KB).

Chang Hung Chih

Ph.D. Student, Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

After graduate school, I chose to work first. As an elementary school teacher, I still apply what I have learned in graduate school. In addition to giving classes, conducting action research and submitting the research results to academic journals are also on the annual working list. Whenever I got the permission to publish, the sense of accomplishment is just beyond words. Most important of all, I really undestand that it’s the right thing I have done for children’s health and their whole life. I am really grateful and appreciate the opportunity to be an elementary school teacher. Last year (2009), I got a fund from the government to conduct a study related to physical fitness of elementary school students. It was a great opportunity to go to Brisbane, Australia and have a study there. Meanwhile, I also got the permission to take Ph.D. courses in National Taiwan Normal University and major in pedagogy in physical education. With the enthusiasm to do the research and be an elementary school teacher, I am really appreciative and thankful for having this great life.

Jui-Fu Chen

Professor, Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan