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The Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy: Development of a Model of Children’s Capacity for...

Key Message

The revised CAPL model (overlapping domains of physical competence, motivation, and knowledge, encompassed by dailybehavior) is appropriate for monitoring the physical literacy of children aged 8 to 12 years. Objectively measured domains (dailybehavior, physical competence) have higher relative importance. The interpretation of CAPL results should be re-evaluated as more data become available.

Source

Francis, C.E. Et al. The Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy: Development of a Model of Children’s Capacity for Healthy, Active Lifestyle through a Delphi Process. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. E Pub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26106940

Purpose

The Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL) was conceptualized as a tool to monitor children's physical literacy. The original model (fitness, activity behavior, knowledge, motor skill) required revision and relative weights for calculating/interpreting scores were required.

Evidence

Delphi participant consensus was achieved for 64% (47/73) of statement topics, including a revised conceptual model, specific assessment protocols, the importance of longitudinal tracking, and the relative importance of individual protocols and composite scores. Divergent opinions remained regarding the inclusion of sleep time, assessment/scoring of the obstacle course assessment of motor skill, and the need for an overall physical literacy classification.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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