Effects of a Physical Education Supportive Curriculum and Technological Devices on Physical Activity


  • Emily Dean Clapham University of Rhode Island
  • Eileen C. Sullivan Rhode Island College
  • Lori E. Ciccomascolo University of Rhode Island


, motivation, supportive curriculum, technology, new physical education


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a physical education supportive curriculum and technological devices, heart rate monitor (HRM) and pedometer (PED), on physical activity. A single-subject ABAB research design was used to examine amount and level of participation in physical activity among 106 suburban fourth and fifth graders during physical education class. A curriculum, which was pedagogically centered on the use of the technological devices, was also developed and studied. Six children from each group and the physical education teacher were interviewed. The results of a one-way ANCOVA indicated group differences between the supportive curriculum and technology for HRMs, PEDs, and increased physical activity.

Author Biography

Emily Dean Clapham, University of Rhode Island

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Physical and Health Education Program and Adapted Physical Education Program