An investigation to determine the differences in attitude towards participation in physical education of boys and girls in year 6 and year 9
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Current research of the health status of the nation, shows an increase in heart disease and obesity. This has highlighted the importance of increasing participation levels in sport. It is believed that current participation trends are due to the negative attitude of children towards P.E in school (Shropshire, Carroll & Yim, 1997).This current study aimed to look at the present attitudes of girls and boys at year six (10-11 years old) and year nine (13-14 years old), to find if a difference existed with regards to sex and age. The study was carried out using a questionnaire designed on the computer programme 'Snap 7 Professional' (Mercateg2002). Both ages and sexes completed the same questionnaire. The results were entered into 'Snap 7 Professional' (Mercater, 2002) and graphs and tables were constructed from this data to allow analysis. The results showed that in contradiction to previous research, the girls at both ages had a positive attitude towards participating in P.E. I-ittle difference was observed between the two sexes and ages. It was concluded that there were three factors that affected attitudes towards participation of girls and boys at the two age groups these were societal factors, institutional factors and individual factors. From these results further research can be done to determine if the attitudes towards participation in P.E. change at different ages to those tested.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE AND Recreation
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