An Examination Of Physical Education Perceptions From Secondary School children in years 10 and 11 compared to year 7, 8 and 9.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this independent research project is to investigate key factors that influence high school students in year 9, to make the decision to choose or not to choose Physical Education as a GCSE subject. The project includes a review of literature into physical education, focusing specifically on the perceptions that students have of physical education. - The project adopted a mixed methods research design which enabled qualitative and quantitative data for this study. The methodology process was informed by previous research studies that adopted a similar process. The researcher used questionnaires that included a number of open and closed questions, to enable perceptions, through and feelings to be identified. It was decided that a group of 50 students ranging from year 10-13 from a school in Cardiff would be used as the sample. Qualitative data was analysed through the use of SNAP software. Quantitative data as analysed through identifying common responses which were places within a table to identify themes. - Females were increasingly effected by body image, and associated physical education with having to look good to participate. Males were less effected by body image, however found they were effected by the mixture of ability and self confidence which linked closely to the PE teachers themselves, and the lack of encouragement that was being provided. All pupils found PE lessons in previous years (years 7-9) fun because they were with friends, although the majority stated that more opportunity from a variety of activities should have been provided in these years. Physical Education teachers therefore need to provide an enthusiastic experience while PE is compulsory, which will create positive perceptions, hopefully fostering a greater participation level in GCSE’s and throughout the students adult life. This project is significant as its results and findings are current and therefore could be used to develop physical education departments in schools and to determine iii what changes could be put into place to ensure an increase of students choosing PE as a GCSE subject. It was fundamental that the researcher exposed the thoughts and feelings of the participants in relation to physical education and their participation to formulate an in-depth discussion.
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