TITLE

Assessing Children's Liking for Activity Units in an Elementary School Physical Education Curriculum

AUTHOR(S)
McKenzie, Thomas L.; Alcaraz, John E.; Sallis, James F.
PUB. DATE
April 1994
SOURCE
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1994, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p206
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Few studies have examined students' liking for physical education activities and factors that influence students' evaluations despite the importance these have for continued engagement in physical activity. This study examined 16,032 ratings of "liking" of 648 physical education lessons reported by students in eight coeducational fourth- and fifth-grade classes during an 8-month period. Mean ratings on activity units ranged from 3.15 to 3.62 on a 4-point scale, indicating that the children liked the activities. However, they liked some units more than others {p < .001), and they preferred skill-related over health-related activities (p < .001). Day of week {p < .53), child's grade (p < .69), and school (p < .56) were not associated with the children's liking scores. Ratings of activities did not change significantly as students gained more experience with a specific instructional unit. Future research is recommended on how students' needs and preferences relate to developing positive attitudes toward physical activities.
ACCESSION #
20751954

 

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