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Master of Arts (M.A.)




The purpose of the current study was to develop and test a methodology for assessing the effect of outdoor activity context on level of physical activity in preschool children. The Observational System for Recording Physical Activity in Children (OSRAC) was used to define the test conditions and various levels of physical activity within a multi-element experimental design. Consequences were not programmed. Pedometers were used as a convergent measure of physical activity. In general, all participants were fairly sedentary during the analysis. Fixed playground equipment produced the most moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, a finding that does not correspond to the descriptive assessment literature. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research are offered.





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