An examination of secondary school boys and girls attitudes and levels of participation in sport and PE
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to examine possible gender differences with respect to secondary school children's mitudes and participation levels in Physical Rlucation as well as in general sports, and to further identifu those factors that influerce as well as prohibit interest. A Physical Education questionnaire wâs completed by I00 children (aged ll-16 years). The questionnaire measr¡red general interest and enjoyment in Physical Education and sport outside of school. In addition, interviews were carried out on tlree selected membrs of the PE department. Interviews were carried out so to acquire a deeper insiglrt into equality and opportuniry issues in PE, as well ÍN on perceptions of the influence of a gender stereot5ped ideological society, in a male hegemonic culture on adolescents. Having employed and contrasted statistical analysis teclmiques as well as descrþtive methods of analysis, boys were found to be significantly more interested in both FE and sport in general as well as projecting more enjo¡rment in it md ultimately a more positive attitude in comparison to girls. The girls had more positive attitudes towmds sport outside of school as well as towards their 'significant others.' PE teachers portrayed both positive and negative attitudes with reference to opinions oû c(F educational and single sex PE. Furthermore, PE teachers perceptions of the influence of society and culture on adolescents participatiol in physical activity was identiñed as having detrimental effects on specifically girls participation in all areas of physical activity.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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