School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Physical Education, Student Achievement, Physical Activity, Academic Achievement, Active Brains Project, No Child Left Behind, School-based Physical Activity
Beasley, Gregory Allen, "The Effects of a School-Based Physical Education Course on Seventh Grade Academic Achievement" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2502.
This quantitative study examined academic achievement of seventh grade students from a local school district in Cincinnati, OH. Academic achievement and physical activity are both of importance and beneficial to an individual. Specifically, the purpose of this study was to determine whether students who are participating in school-based physical education (P.E.) courses exhibited higher academic achievements. The sample consisted of 290 seventh grade students for the school year (2015-2016), 312 for the school year (2016-2017), and 339 for the school year (2017-2018). For seventh grade students, archival data was received from the school, which included ethnicity, gender, Grade Point Averages (GPAs), and whether the student participated in P.E. The results were then analyzed using an Independent Samples t-test. According to the findings of this study, students who participated in school-based P.E. courses attained higher academic achievement in two of the three years researched.