Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Beatrice S. Fennimore, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Valeri R. Helterbran, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Christine Black, Ph.D.


The purpose of this mixed method study was to determine teacher perceptions of fitness testing and the relationship between fitness testing to their students making lifetime fitness goals. The first phase of the study consisted of a quantitative survey. From among the high school physical education teachers currently teaching in two Eastern states, 43 participated in this study by responding to the 27 question survey. The second phase of the study consisted of qualitative telephone interviews. Eleven high school physical education teachers were asked six open-ended questions using a semi-structured protocol. Analysis of the survey and interview data indicated a perceived need for fitness testing, teaching of lifetime fitness goals, and increasing student interest. Three themes emerged that affected these perceptions: fitness testing benefits, differentiated goal-setting instruction, and exposing students to a variety of activities. These themes were examined in relation to the participants' perceptions of fitness testing and lifetime fitness goals. Implications and recommendations for high school physical educators are discussed.