The purpose of this study is to examine public and private middle school students’ levels of Health-Related Fitness Knowledge (HRFK) according to school type, gender, and grade. A cross-sectional survey method was applied in the research. A total of 334 public middle school students (nfemale =154 and nmale = 180) and 386 private middle school students (nfemale =187 and nmale = 199) participated in the survey. The data collection instrument was developed by Hunuk and Ince (2010) based on the “Superkids-Superfit Knowledge” study (Mott, Virgilio, Warren and Berenson, 1991). The data collected was analysed using the following descriptive and non-parametric tests: the Pearson chi-square, Mann-Whitney U-test, and Kruskal-Wallis H-test. Findings indicated a significant difference according to school type and age group (p<.05 but a non-significant difference according to gender and hrfk test result. results improved year except among graders. in other words private middle school students were higher than those of public grade level was also linked not. these suggest that physical education curriculums should be developed with reference objectives. another recommendation would tools customized by the turkish context.>

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