An investigation into gender differences and how this impacts girls in their adolescent’s attitudes towards sport and therefore affecting drop
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study examined gender differences and the impact it has on adolescent girl’s attitudes and feelings towards Physical Education, Physical Activity and sports in general. A sample of 13 adolescents girl’s, aged between 14 and 16 years were interviewed within a focus group setting, answering questions based on gender stereotypes, image, their experiences within PE and how they’re families influence them in sport. It was concluded that adolescent girls participated in organized sport at a lower rate than boys, themes that emerges as affecting their participation were gender categorization due to traditions in society, the importance of image to girls, the experiences and opportunities provided within physical education lessons and parents influences. The study raises questions about whether young women are provided with an equal opportunity compared to their male peers, and whether male peers, teachers and parent’s feelings towards girl’s in sport then affects those girl’s attitudes towards sport.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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