Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

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Forty full-time teachers employed by the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Public Schools during the 1969-1970 academic school year were tested for levels of cardio-respiratory fitness and health understanding. A stratified random sampling technique was utilized to obtain ten subjects in each of the following categories: (a) male physical education teachers, (b) female physical education teachers, (c) male non-physical education teachers, and (d) female non-physical education teachers.

The null hypotheses were that no significant difference would be observed between or among physical education teachers and teachers from other subject areas on the following measures: (a) the relationship of cardio-respiratory fitness and health understanding, (b) cardio-respiratory fitness, and (c) health understanding.

Cardio-respiratory fitness was measured by a predicted maximal oxygen uptake value obtained from the working pulse rate according to the Astrand-Rhyming nomogram. Health understanding was assessed by the subjects' test performances on the Reid Health Behavior Inventory.

No significant correlation was shown to exist between cardio-respiratory fitness and health understanding among either the combined group of male and female physical education teachers or the combined male and female non-physical education teacher group at the five percent level of confidence.

Multiple classification analyses of variance failed to reveal any significant difference between the four groups selected for study on the measures of cardio-respiratory fitness or health understanding.

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Degree Name

Physical Education

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Department Name

Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Harold Eugene Kenney

Second Committee Member

Armond H. Seidler

Third Committee Member

Alvin Wendell Howard

Fourth Committee Member

Martin Burlingame