TITLE

Students' Help Seeking During Physical Education

AUTHOR(S)
Nye, Susan B.
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jul2008, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p368
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Seeking help with academic tasks has been regarded as an important strategy to enhance student learning (Newman, 1994; Ryan, Gheen, & Midgley, 1998; Zimmerman & Martinez-Pons, 1986). Seeking help is conceptualized as studentinitiated efforts to secure task information or solicit advice when a deficiency in their understanding of the content exists (Newman & Schwager, 1995; Zimmerman & Martinez-Pons, 1986). An interpretive qualitative research design utilizing a case study approach was used to explore middle school students' help-seeking instances during their physical education classes. Ten students (6 females and 4 males) were selected from two middle schools. The students' participated in two semistructured interviews regarding their help-seeking behaviors. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the interview data. Results indicated students would seek help to clarify or enhance understanding of an activity or to get a good grade and cited reluctance to seek help owing to their desire for independent mastery or the perceived risk of embarrassment in front of their peers.
ACCESSION #
33018635

 

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