Evaluation of the Physical Literacy of Children Between 8 and 12-Years of Age in Calgary, Alberta


University of Calgary
Kyle McCallum

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine the physical literacy (PL) of children in multiple education sectors in Calgary through the use of the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL).

Methods: 491 students from both the public school sector, as well as a charter school sector, were assessed using the CAPL. Children were scored in 4 separate domains, which were combined to yield a composite and overall physical literacy score. These domains included: 1) physical competence, 2) daily behaviour, 3) knowledge and understanding, and 4) motivation and confidence.

Results: Children’s scores were ranked in to one of 4 interpretation score categories: beginning (lower PL scores), progressing, achieving or excelling (higher PL scores). ...Overall, 63% (P1/P2) of children in this sample fell within the Progressing category for Physical Literacy.

Conclusion: It appears that the majority of children in Calgary fall within the Progressing category in all but one of the domains as measured by the CAPL assessment

Student Abstract presented at the 2016 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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