A nutrition and physical fitness test for fifth and sixth graders

Ann M. Tinsley, Linda B. Houtkooper, Molly Engle, June C. Gibbs

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This paper reports the development of a written measure of nutrition and physical fitness knowledge for use with upper elementary school students. The objectives of the curriculum for which the test was developed derive from the basic concepts for nutrition education as proposed by the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. Evaluation by a professional review committee of the adherence of the test to a table of specifications ensured content validity. Significantly greater gains by instructed students than by uninstructed students established criterion validity. Internal consistency reliability was 0.814 as measured by Cronbach's alpha. The authors believe the test should have wide application in assessing general knowledge in the area of nutrition and fitness education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-96
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1981

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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