Investigating the Attitudes of Pre-Service Early Childhood Educators Concerning Their Attitudes toward Physical Activity in the Early Years
Becky Billups MED & Donna McCrary PhD

Abstract

Children who participate in vigorous physical activity experience greater gains in academic, physical and social growth.  However, children today increasingly experience a sedentary lifestyle rather than an active one.  Changing this trajectory requires that teachers and administrators in schools and child care settings create opportunities for physical activity for young children. This study examines the attitudes of pre-service early childhood teachers’ toward physical activity among young children in early childhood school settings. A survey was conducted among undergraduate early childhood classes. Results of this survey are discussed in terms of teacher preparation programs and benefits of physical activity for children.