PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL.
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of this study was to research Physical Education (PE) and physical activity experience during the transition phase from primary to secondary school. It concentrated on factors that affected the experience and their attitudes toward PE and physical activity patterns. The study looked into the experiences that pupil’s had regarding PE and extracurricular activity in both primary and secondary schools. Both literature and the secondary school policy were accounted for when conducting this study. To gain an in depth understanding six focus groups consisting of 6 year seven pupils was utilised within the study. The focus groups utilised for the investigation comprised of 3 male groups and 3 female groups. The criterion utilised to select the groups included a class with a cross section of all five feeder primary schools. The interviews were undertaken in South Wales secondary school and were transcribed immediately after taking place. After carrying out the data analysis the relevant results were then coded and tabulated using Microsoft Excel. The study concluded that secondary school PE experiences were very positive amongst both males and females in comparison to negative experiences of primary school PE. The results showed enjoyment of physical activity was of utmost importance and peers influences participation levels positively. Furthermore it was concluded that the transition phase from primary to secondary school had a positive effect on PE and physical activity patterns. Future research could include focus groups being carried out in a different secondary school with alternative feeder primary school to allow for a more in depth understanding and comparisons to be made.
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