THE INFLUENCE SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS HAVE ON PE AND SCHOOL
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Significant amounts of research evidence the perceived effect of activity choice on levels of engagement in secondary physical education (PE). Yet, the true impact remains in question due to a lack of research in the field. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify PE teacher’s perceptions of HQPE within three secondary schools across South East Wales to recognize the importance of creating an autonomous PE curriculum. Key objectives were devised identifying how high quality physical education (HQPE) is achieved through engagement of all and the impact of the 'Making the Most of PE Conference'. This study utilised a single case study design by means of a qualitative research method, providing a realistic perspective of the PE environment through semi-structured interviews. Participants included one female and two male teachers who attended the 'Making the Most of PE Conference' in June 2012. A deductive-inductive-deductive content analysis was conducted, exemplifying the key themes that emerged from the study to draw a solid conclusion of the findings. The results indicate that learners thrive in the PE environment when teachers support their autonomy, more particularly in the latter years of secondary school. The availability of activities has been shown to further facilitate the engagement of previously inactive adolescents within PE, especially through the provision of non-traditional curriculum activities such as dance and zumba. On the contrary, findings emphasise a concern over teacher’s misconception about physical literacy, with lessons devoted to developing literacy skills as opposed to learner’s physical skills. Practitioners should consider this for future research, examining how teachers incorporate physical literacy into the curriculum.
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