Graduation Date

Spring 2021

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Jill Anderson

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Jayne McGuire

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

David Adams

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Physical Education


As children move through adolescence their level of physical activity declines. Researchers have demonstrated that physically inactive children perform worse in school and are more likely to be inactive in the future while also increasing their risk for future health problems as adults. The purpose of this study was to determine if parent perceptions of their child's gross motor skill abilities were similar to their child’s enjoyment of performing (GMS). The primary author hypothesized that parents' perceptions would impact their child’s enjoyment to perform GMS and that parents who believed their child demonstrated high levels of gross motor competence would have a child that enjoyed performing those gross motor skills. A total of 50 participants participated in this study. Results from this study indicated that a parent who perceives their student performing GMS at a high level, also had a student who enjoyed performing GMS. These results demonstrate the importance of how parents perceive their student’s abilities which may be a prime indicator of physical activity levels for children.

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