Current Research

Standards of Measurement in Physical Activity

In order to better understand how to practically assess physical activity in physical education, and how physical education is contributing to physical activity levels of students, faculty are developing standards for measuring physical education physical activity, and conducting physical activity surveillance within K-12 physical education. A recent study examines the validity of practical physical activity assessment technologies in measuring moderate to vigorous physical activity. Another study examines the prevalence of students achieving compliance of Idaho physical education physical activity standards, and explores correlates of students achieving and not achieving physical education physical activity standards.

mom walking her kids to school.

Safe Routes to School Initiative

In collaboration with the City of Moscow, funds (amounting to $218,000.00) have been awarded for the last 7 yrs from the Idaho Department of Transportation to improve infrastructure and educate schools and communities for safe biking and walking to school. PETE students have been involved in numerous activities to enhance biking and walking safely to school.

BMI Study

As another example, a collaborative effort with other state institutions gathered data related to BMI status of K-12 students in Idaho. Again these efforts are supported by grants received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

K-12 School Physical Education Program Review

PETE faculty are working collaboratively with other state institutions to examine the quantity and quality of Physical Education in K-12 schools in the state of Idaho. This project has been supported by grants received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.