The participation rates and attitudes towards physical education and sport of pupils at Key Stage 4 : a comparison between a specialist sports college and a secondary comprehensive school
Robinson, Gemma Sharon
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study examined the participation rates and attitudes towards Physical Education (PE) and Sport of pupils at Key Stage 4 (14-16 years old). A sample population of 200 subjects was divided into two groups. Those who attended a Specialist Sports College (n=100) and those who attended a Secondary Comprehensive School (n=100). The results from the two groups were then compared to establish if a significant difference (p<0.05) existed in the participation rates and attitudes, of the pupils who attended the Sports College compared to those who attended Secondary Comprehensive School. An extra aspect of the study compared male and female participation in sport. Quantitative (questionnaires) research paradigms were used to attain the necessary data. Results concluded that there was no significant difference (p>0.05) in the participation rates and attitudes of pupils who attended the Sports College compared to those who attended the Comprehensive School. A Chi-square analysis revealed that a significant difference (p<0.05) did exist between the activities participated in by males compared to females. The most popular sport participated in by males was football and the most popular sport participated in by females was swimming. The attitudes of pupils at Key Stage 4 towards PE and sport were found to be positive. It was found that the majority of pupils enjoyed the activities taught in the PE lesson and felt that they provided everyone the same opportunity to participate. Finally, it was discovered that the majority of pupils at each school were taking part in some from of extra-curricular activity or sport outside of school.
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