Level of Physical Activity and it’s [sic] Effect on Academic Performance in Middle School Students
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ProgramMasters of Education
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Exercise for youth
The study examined the correlation between physical activity and its effect on academic performance in reading and math for eighth-grade middle school students. Literature on this topic supports the idea that being more physically active will lead to better academic performance throughout an entire child’s education. The study included twenty randomly-selected students divided up into two equal groups; one group was comprised of students who only took the required physical education class, and the other group consisted of students who took at least one elective physical education class along with the required fitness class. The study was completed by running an independent T-test comparing the semester grade point averages in reading and math for all the students in each of the two groups. The results of the study showed that there was no significant correlation or relationship between the two groups in regards to academic performance and physical activity level, thus the hypothesis could not be supported in this particular study and further research must be done.