Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Calls for Manuscripts for 2016 and Beyond
The current Section Editors of Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES) have provided specific call for manuscripts for their sections below. While these calls are meant to encourage submissions on specific topics of particular interest, these calls should be viewed as non-exhaustive in the sense that MPEES welcomes submissions of any high quality manuscript that fits within the broader scope of MPEES. At the end of each call is an example of a high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES to help further define the type of manuscripts that fit these sections.
Physical Activity Section Editors: Tiago Barreira and Matthias Wagner
The Physical Activity section is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts submissions in three main areas:
- The use of raw accelerometer data to quantify the amount and intensity of physical activity.
- The reliability and validity of new methods of physical activity assessments.
- The validity of physical activity behavior measurement; in other words, the accuracy of habitual physical activity assessment.
Readers are referred to Kim, Barry, and Kang (2015) for an example of a relevant and high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES.
Physical Education Pedagogy Section Editors: Zan Gao and Kevin Richards
The Physical Education Pedagogy section is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that seek to provide validity evidence for measures derived from instruments intended to measure outcomes related to student, teacher, curriculum, and teacher education programs:
- At the student level, the studies could be connected to psychomotor, cognitive, psychological, and affective outcomes of physical education or physical activity in physical education class.
- At the teacher level, manuscripts could seek to document teaching performance and effectiveness, and may be connected to the larger, national movement related to teacher accountability.
- At the curriculum level, studies should focus on documenting and evaluating the quality of the physical education and/or physical education teacher education programs more generally. Research focused on measuring curricular contents and the out- comes of the aforementioned three levels is also encouraged and should build upon the existing body of literature related to teaching, curriculum and teacher preparation.
Readers are referred to Lyyra, Leskinen, and Heikinaro- Johansson (2015) for an example of a relevant and high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES.
Psychology Section Editors: Richard B. Fletcher and Magnus Lindwall
The Psychology section is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that seek to examine psychological or behavioral change from a longitudinal perspective:
- Measurement and analysis of change, both from a more general (how should we capture change, how is change incorporated in the psychological theories we use) and specific (how do we measure and analyze changes in, for example, intervention studies) point of view.
- Concretely this would mean that the call is for studies with multiple measurement points. Studies that either showcase methods for the analysis of change or empirical articles are particularly welcome.
Readers are referred to Liu, Xiang, McBride, Su, and Juzaily (2015) for an example of a relevant and high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES.
Research Methodology and Statistics Section Editors: Soyeon Ahn, Derwin Chan, and Yong Gao
The Research Methodology and Statistics section is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that focus on the development and application of new methodology and/or advanced statistical and measurement approaches in research concerning physical activity, exercise science, health, and physical education:
- Manuscripts may cover a broad range of topics relevant to reliability and validity of measures produced by measurement instruments, or how statistics may help mitigate methodological challenges (e.g., non-invariance, measurement errors, missing data, etc.).
- Manuscripts summarizing empirical research studies focused on possible method artifacts (e.g., common method variance, social desirability, mere measurement effect) in the areas of sport, exercise, and physical education are also encouraged.
Readers are referred to Looney and Howell (2015) for an example of a relevant and high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES.
Sport Management and Administration Section Editor: Kevin K. Byon
The Sport Management and Administration section is interested in receiving manuscripts that seek to develop and provide validity evidence for measures derived from scales related to sport industry at the individual, organizational, and sport event levels:
- At the individual level, authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts that focus on developing new scales and refining existing measures that may include, but are not limited to, assessing sport fan motivation for consumption, team identification, stadium experience, fan engagement, emotional attachment, and perceived service quality.
- At the organizational level, manuscripts that assess employees’ organizational commitment, employee job satisfaction, leadership, employee personality, employee performance, sport team reputation, corporate social responsibility, and volunteer motivation are welcomed.
- At the sport event level, articles measuring social impact of sport, sense of community, and sport event personality are encouraged. Since sport has become rapidly globalized, any scales that are developed through cross-cultural/multi-national studies are particularly encouraged.
Readers are referred to Habeeb and Eklund (2016) for an example of a relevant and high quality manuscript recently published in MPEES.
Special issues, Guest Editors for 19(3): Minsoo Kang and David A. Rowe
Generally speaking, special issues are targeted at content that is (a) innovative, (b) topical, and (c) of broad interest to the readership. Special issues may be relevant to a specific section (e.g., exercise science or psychology), or may apply across all of the substantive disciplinary sections within the scope of MPEES. However, special issues are expected to have a common unifying theme (cf., “The Measurement of Sedentary Behavior”; Rowe & Kang, 2015). Any topic that is relevant to MPEES will be considered, but two topics have recently been discussed by members of the Editorial Board:
- The first topic is the use of technology in measurement. The rationale for this topic is that technology is increasingly available to researchers and consumers, and provides a unique opportunity to collect and utilize data within the scope of MPEES. This topic may be innovative and of broad interest to the readership because the development of such technology often outpaces our understanding of how to collect and analyze it.
- The second topic is the utility of practical solutions to complex problems. The rationale for this topic is that, in many situations, researchers and practitioners end up with data that provide complex challenges; posed either by (a) the amount of data (e.g., in large scale population surveys), or (b) the complexity of the data structure (e.g., data collected continuously with wearable monitors). This topic may be innovative and of broad interest to the readership because users of such data need practical solutions to give meaning to their data.