ERIC Number: ED365632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Mapping of Girls' Participation in Sport in the Australian Capital Territory.
Clough, Jim; And Others
This paper discusses and maps the participation of girls in sport in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). A survey instrument was administered to a stratified random sample of 1,048 young people. Stratification of the sample was designed so that: (1) 80 respondents would be selected from each grade level (K-12); (2) each of the ACT school sports association zones would be equally represented; (3) both government and non-government schools were proportionally represented; and (4) the sample would contain equal numbers of male and female respondents. Major variables addressed in the survey included: family background; sports played in the four differing contexts; reasons for playing a favorite sport; factors which discourage participation in sport; use of leisure time; attendance at sporting events; attitudes about sports participation; sporting persons most admired; and involvement in competitive sport. Results suggest that girls ranked sport alongside being with friends as their favored leisure activity, and they indicated that the most important reasons for playing sport were to improve sporting skills, to be physically active, and to make new friends. Implications of findings (including comparisons to boys' responses to the survey) are discussed in the context of possible initiatives to encourage girls to incorporate the playing of sport into their lifestyles. (Author/LL)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Leisure Time, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Secondary School Students, Sport Psychology, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Participation, Surveys, Womens Athletics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Australian Capital Territory)
Note: Paper presented at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (12th, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, July 31-August 6, 1993).