A study of female practitioner's perceptions of the influencing factors for the non-participation of girls in key stage three PE in the South Wales region.
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This study was designed to explore female practitioner's perceptions of the factors influencing non-participation of female adolescents in physical education (PE) at key stage three in the South Wales region. A qualitative approach to data collection was adopted in order to ascertain practitioner's perceptions of the factors associated to culture, body image and the social issues attributing to female non-participation. Focus groups were conducted to elicit in-depth information regarding the practitioner's own experiences of interacting with female 'non-participants' on their school practice. ln addition, questionnaires were incorporated into the data collection process in order to collate information from a wider practitioner group. The data generated from both sources was analysed using thematic systematic coding as part of the methodological procedure. The findings from this research study reflected a series of issues, namely the cultural, social and body image issues which teachers perceived influenced female non-participation. Co-educational classes and religious issues were identified as the main cultural barriers to participation, whilst peer pressure and friendship groups were identified as the social attributing factors for female non-participation. The changing rooms, PE uniform, media influences and the impacts of puberty on the body were recognised as the main influencing factors for non-participation at key stage three in relation to body image. The practitioner's highlighted a series of strategies which they felt would improve female participation and highlighted 'motivation levels' and 'negative experiences of PE' as the main challenges faced by practitioners in increasing the levels of key stage three adolescent girls. The findings of this study reflect many ideological perspectives previously encountered by researchers.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Educational Studies and Sport and Physical Education.
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