Comparison Between Perceived and Actual Physical Activity of Physical Education Teacher Education Students


  • Timothy Baghurst Oklahoma State University
  • Emilee Bounds
  • Ali Boolani
  • Nancy Betts


PETE, fitness testing, BMI, role model, accelerometers


The purposes of this study were to evaluate whether physical education teacher education (PETE) students were meeting minimum standards for physical activity, obtain and compare different measures of body mass, and determine the accuracy of self-report measures of physical activity. Participants were 26 undergraduate PETE students who wore an accelerometer for seven days, received a body scan via dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), and completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire L7S at the end of the week. Participants took significantly (p < .001) more steps per day than 10,000, but had significantly higher body fat percentages than population norms. Participants significantly overestimated their time in physical activity (p = .004) and physical activity intensity (p < .001). Findings support that these PETE students are physically active, but highlight the need to use valid and reliable measures in evaluating their health and physical activity status. Avenues for future research are also discussed.






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