Health Learning Practices in Adolescents Using Physical Activity

Health Learning Practices in Adolescents Using Physical Activity

Kelly O’Hara (Department of Sport Science, Research Centre in Sport Science, Health Science and Human Development, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal), Dulce Esteves (Department of Sport Science, Research Centre in Sport Science, Health Science and Human Development, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal), Rui Brás (Department of Sport Science, Research Centre in Sport Science, Health Science and Human Development, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal), Marco Rodrigues (Department of Sport Science, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal), Ricardo Rodrigues (Department Business and Economic, NECE Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal) and Paulo Pinheiro (Department of Business and Economics, NECE Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2013010106
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Abstract

To increase health education we applied blended learning concept by combining physical activity and e-learning technology. Investigation aims to create, apply and assess learning tasks. 201 high school students (15-22 years, 17,6±1.4) were divided in control (CG) and practical (PG) group. PG was exposed to several problems solving using physical activity and technology to accomplish the goals. To evaluate student’s knowledge about concepts studied (Caloric Balance-CB; Posture-P, Heart Rate-HR) a specific survey was used. Student’s knowledge perception about each concept and their need for acquiring a better knowledge were also observed. A Pre, Post and Retention assessment were made. A performance improvement was observed for PG on HR (88%) and CB (78%), significantly different from CG (p<.000). In retention test for acquisition of more knowledge on health behaviors, PG results were significantly higher than CG (p<.005). The proposed learning tasks were very useful to motivate and promote students success.

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