55. ICHPER SD Dünya Kongresi, İstanbul, Turkey, 19 December - 21 November 2013, pp.497
The aim of this study is to investigate the health related fitness knowledge (HRFK) of students in public and private middle schools. A total of 723 students, 154 female and 181 male students from four public and 188 female and 200 male students from three private middle schools in the central district of Çanakkale, participated voluntarily in the study. The HRFK test (Hunuk and Ince, 2010) was used for data collection. Data analysis was conducted on SPSS (20.0) statistical program. Collected data was analyzed through descriptive statistics and non-parametric tests of Mann-Withney U and Kruskal- Wallis to explore schools, sex, and grade differences between health related fitness knowledge tests. As a conclusion, health related fitness knowledge scores of those students studying at private schools were found to be higher than those studying at public schools (=24,62±4,02;=20,96±4,64 respectively) and this difference was statistically significant (p<.05). No statistical difference was found regarding sex of students (p>.05) whereas in terms of grades statistical differences were found [χ2=30,961; P=.000] between 5th-6th, 5th-7th, 6th-8th, 7th-8th grades (p<.05), and no statistical difference was found between 6th and 7th grades (p>.05).
Keywords: Health related fitness knowledge, middle school, public schools, private schools