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Kinesiology and Community Health :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences


In addition to assisting with faculty-led research projects, the Pedagogical Qualitative Research Laboratory provides essential individual research opportunities for Kinesiology students in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Illinois. Laboratory experiences expand students’ theoretical understanding of pedagogy, develop critical research skills, and foster intellectual growth through scholarly inquiry.

Examples of questions examined in this Lab include:

Example questions

  • How active are individual children during recess?
  • What motivates children to be physically active?
  • Does children’s perceived motor competence influence their physical activity engagement?
  • What is the nature of physical education teachers' career stages?
  • What are the professional and personal characteristics of National Board Certified Physical Educators?
  • How has wellness legislation impacted the school environment?
  • How active are children throughout the school day?
  • What are the characteristics of teacher educators and teacher education programs?
  • How do students learn in higher education settings?
  • What multi-pronged interventions are necessary for the reduction of childhood obesity?

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