Evidence-Based Physical Education
Evidence-Based Physical Education – SPARK Leads the Way
The term “evidence-based” is used frequently in education and fortunately for all of us, is directly applicable to physical education as well. Our team at SPARK feels that a program can claim it is evidence-based if there is data demonstrating positive results on students and/or teachers linked to relevant outcomes (i.e., activity levels, fitness, skill development, etc.) and if those outcomes have been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, it is important that other content experts/organizations (i.e., CDC, N.I.H., National Cancer Institute, etc.) agree with the findings and support a group’s EB claim.
Click Here for a paper that defines “evidence-based” and speaks to the importance of rigorous research.
Below, you’ll find additional links to websites where SPARK is either directly or indirectly included in the evidence-based conversation. For a list of SPARK publications Click Here.
- National Cancer Institute: Research-Tested Intervention Programs
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Strategies to Improve Quality Physical Education
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation: SPARK is first Evidence-Based PE Program letter
- Partnership for Prevention: School Based Physical Education
- National Institutes of Health: We Can! and SPARK
- Center for Disease Control: School-Based Physical Education: An Action Guide.
- Click Here to view the PECAT Report for the SPARK K-2 PE Curriculum
- Click Here to view the PECAT Report for the SPARK 3-6 PE Curriculum
- Click Here to view the PECAT Report for the SPARK Middle School Curriculum
Watch a video below on how evidence-based physical education can help solve the childhood obesity epidemic :