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Physical Educators’ Habitual Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy for Regular Exercise

Xihe Zhu, Justin A. Haegele, Summer Davis


The purpose of this study was to examine physical education teachers’ habitual physical activity and self-efficacy for regular exercise. In-service physical education teachers (N = 168) voluntarily completed an online questionnaire that included items to collect demographic information (gender, race/ethnicity, years of teaching experience, and perceived weight status), self-efficacy, and habitual physical activity. The physical educators reported a high level of physical activity with an estimated total weekly MET-minutes > 3,000, and a relatively high self-efficacy for exercise. A multiple regression analysis showed years of teaching experience as a significant negative predictor (β = -.35, p < .05), but self-efficacy as a positive predictor (β = .39, p < .05) for physical educators’ daily moderate to vigorous physical activity. These findings illustrate the positive role of self-efficacy for promoting physical activity participation, but indicate diminishing physical activity as a function of years of teaching experience among physical educators.

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physical education; teacher; role model; occupation physical activity

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