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Texas Tech and the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences support a Teaching and Learning laboratory. Research and teaching equipment include desk and laptop computers, accelerometers, heart-rate monitors, pedometers, video-camcorders, audiorecording and transcription equipment, and OBSERVA software. The state-of-the-art Student Recreational Center offers a vibrant atmosphere for graduate students instructing university physical activity courses. Additionally, our gymnasium in the Exercise Sciences Center provides an environment conducive to our community outreach and research programs.



Effects of varying levels of physical activity on children (specifically those that are at-risk for being overweight).

Research Publications:

  • Hart, M.A., Meaney, K.S., & Griffin, L.K. (In Review). School-based physical activity levels of elementary age-children: An exploratory study. Journal of Human Movement Studies.
  • Meaney, K. S., Hart, M.A., & Griffin, L. K. (In Press) FUN & FIT Phase I: Utilizing service learning to implement a program for overweight children. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Hart, M.A., Meaney, K.S., Klavenieks, V., McCullough, K., & Johnson, C. (April 2008). Effects of the TAKE 10! curriculum on behaviors and physical activity. AAHPERD, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Meaney, K.S., Hart, M.A., Griffin, L.K., Huddleston, B., Klavenieks, V., & Hinojosa, B. (April 2008). FUN & FIT: A service-learning program combating childhood obesity. AAHPERD, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Meaney, K.S., Hart, M.A., Griffin, L.K., Knowles, P., Kopf, K. & Chilton, J. (March 2007). FUN & FIT Phase II: Assessment of an after-school program for overweight African-America and Hispanic children living in poverty. AAHPERD, Baltimore, MD.
  • Roncesvalles, M.N., Isidro, M., Meaney, K., & Hart, M.A. (March 2007). Motor skill development of children at-risk for obesity. AAHPERD, Baltimore, MD.
  • Meaney, K.S., Hart, M.A., Roncesvalles, M.N., Griffin, L.K., & Isidro, M. (November 2006). Fun & Fit: Developing, implementing, and assessing an after school program for overweight African-American and Hispanic children living in poverty. Motor Development Research Consortium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
  • Meaney, K.S., Hart, M.A., Griffin, K., Kopf, K., & Chilton, J. (October 2006). An East Side Education: Enhancing pre-service educators’ cultural competence for teaching through community outreach, research, and service learning programs. NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Sport Sociology

Sport sociology research examines the relationship between sport patterns and cultural and social patterns and practices.  Popular variables of interest are age, gender, socioeconomic status and ethnicity. 

Research Publications:

  • Hall, E. R. (1993) Increasing Student Involvement in Professional Organizations.  Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 64, 7.
  • Robert, J., Owens, M., Hall, E. R., and Bobo, M.  (1992).  Competencies for Interns in Fitness Centers.  American Fitness Quarterly, 10(4):38.
  • Hall, E. R.  "Sport and Society:  Teaching Lessons of Winning with Style and Losing with Grace"  Vistas - Texas Tech Research.  Vol. #3, Fall, 1991.
  • Hall, E. R.  (1986) "Moral Development Levels of Athletes in Sport Specific and General Social Situations," in L. Vander Velden and J. Humphreys (editors) Current Research in Psychology and Sociology of Sport.  Vol. 1, AMS Press,
  • Hall, E. R. and McIntyre, M.  (Eds.). (1984) Olympism, A Movement of the People, Proceedings of USOA VII.  Lubbock: Texas Tech Press.
  • Hall, E. R. (1983)  USOA VII:  A Study of Olympism. In TANG Ming-hsin  (Ed.).  Olympism and Youth Education, A Report of the Republic of China National Olympic Academy VI  (pp. 64-70).  Taipei: Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.
  • Hall, E. R. (1983) Pan American Games. In TANG Ming-hsin  (Ed.).  Olympism and Youth Education, A Report of the Republic of China National Olympic Academy VI  (pp. 136-140).  Taipei: Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee..
  • Hall, E. R. (1983) Olympism:  An Opportunity for Physical Educators.  Texas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Journal.  Winter Issue, February, p. 8.
  • Hall, E. R. (1983) Values of Olympism in Understanding Cross-Cultural Variations.  The United States International Olympic Academy Newsletter.  No. 13.
  • Hall, E. R. (1982) Deciding How to Decide. Journal of Texas Recreation and Parks Society.  June/July.
  • Hall, E. R. (1982) Muscles and Morals, by Dominich Cavallo:  A Book Review. Society for the Anthropological Study of Play Newsletter.  Summer.

Assessing Pre-Service Teachers Content Knowledge Via a Service Learning Environment

Service Learning is a unique curriculum that allows students to learn through experience. This experiential setting provides unique research opportunities regarding the cognitive and affective changes that occur in pre-service teachers.

Research Publications:

  • Meaney, K.S., Griffin, L.K., Bohler, H.R. (2009). Service-Learning: A Venue for Enhancing Pre-Service Educators’ Knowledge Base for Teaching. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (IJOSTL).
  • Meaney, K.D., & Griffin, L.K. (2010 in Press). Chapter 12: Designing Action Research in Service Learning in the HPERD Disciplines: Models of Best Practice.

Children’s Commitment to Physical Activity

This research project is currently being conducted as part of a Fun & Fit program for overweight, lower socio-economic children. Specifically, this project will examine the impact of the program on children’s sense of enjoyment and commitment to physical activity.

Research Publications:

  • Meaney, K.S., Hart, M.A., & Griffin, L.K. (2009). Fun & Fit, Phase I: A program for Overweight African American and Hispanic American Children from Low-Income Families. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Measuring Behaviors and Attitudes in the N.A.S.P.E.

To date, no comprehensive assessment measure of the National Standards for Physical Education (N.A.S.P.E.) has been developed. The purpose of this line of research is to establish an instrument that will help with the assessment of the affective components inherent in the standards, namely the behaviors and attitudes of students enrolled in physical education in the public school.

Research Publications:

  • Research started Spring 2008.