The effectiveness of physical education in promoting physical activity and it's effect on drop out
Doyle, Sebastian John
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of Physical Education in promoting physical activity and it's effect on drop out. Subjects comprised of male pupils randomly selected fi-om years 7, 9, 11 and 12, ages 11 to 17, from a secondary school (Appendix D). PE's ability to promote and encourage physical activity was assessed through pupils' views and knowledge, relating specifically to their own experiences within the school's PE progrmmne. The findings suggest that although PE lessons could do more to encourage children to participate (Table 8), especially amongst years 11 and 12, the majority of pupils enjoyed physical education and do not feel that it has caused them to lose interest in physical activity and drop out of sp011. Pupils participation in sport m1d physical activity can be encouraged in physical education through providing a fun, productive and enjoyable experience. From the results, it could be seen that areas of the curriculum such as dance and gy1m1astics were generally disliked by the majority of pupils (71% ). Competitive team games (83% ), such as football and rugby were the most popular and enjoyable aspect of PE. The study has highlighted the need for those in charge of cuniculum progrmmning to re-examine whether, by focusing more on health-related exercise and a shift away from more traditional team games, they are really combating the problem of drop out amongst adolescents.
BSC (Hons) Sport, P.E. and Recreation
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