Student Voices--What Middle and High School Students Have to Say about Physical Education

Couturier, Lynn E.; Chepko, Steveda; Coughlin, Mary Ann
December 2005
Physical Educator;Winter2005, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p170
Academic Journal
This study was the result of an action research project between a local urban school system and the Physical Education faculty at a nearby college. The faculty and the teachers worked together to design, administer, and analyze a student survey that would give voice to middle and high school student perspectives on physical education. Over 5000 surveys were returned. When asked to rate the most important reasons why students choose to participate in physical education, most students agreed that they liked to get out and move, they liked competitive team sports, it made them healthier, and they had fun. When asked why students would choose not to participate, most students agreed with that they didn't like doing the same activities every year and that showering and changing were barriers to participation. Some differences in responses were found between middle school students and high school students.


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