Dropping out of Physical Education : an investigation into the experiences and attitudes of adolescent girls in secondary school Physical Education
Warlow, Caryl Ann
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Much research has been done to attempt to understand why girls’ participation in physical education is lacking (Cockburn and Clarke, (2002), Hills, (2007), Whitehead and Biddle, (2008)). The problem, however, has not been solved: girls are still choosing to opt out of P.E. in school (Whitehead and Biddle, (2008)). This research project attempts to add to the previous research to develop a better understanding of girls’ disengagement from P.E. The aim of this research is to gain knowledge on why girls (n=4) in year 9 secondary education are dropping out of P.E. Interviews were decided as the best form of method collection to collect in-depth information, whilst also allowing for themes to arise. The results were analysed and then discussed drawing on Connells theory of the gender order, and the aims of P.E. in school. The main findings of this study were that gender remains to be a barrier to P.E., and that girls’ perceptions of femininity are continuing to motivate them to disengage from P.E. Also, the aims of P.E. seem to be an issue, as it appears that pupils have different views to teachers on what the values of P.E. should mean. Therefore, the construction of gender and gendered norms remains a barrier to P.E. as well as the aims of P.E. and the varying opinions on what the aims should be.