ERIC Number: ED440750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Perceptions of High, Average and Low Performance Second Graders about Physical Education and Physical Education Teachers.
Martin, LeaAnn Tyson
Noting that students' perceptions and feelings contribute to their attitudes toward specific content areas, teachers, and the school experience, this study examined perceptions of second graders about physical education and physical education teachers. Participating were 61 second graders from 4 classes in 2 schools. The students were videotaped for three class sessions and coded for successful and unsuccessful practice trials of each skill performed in the three classes. Students were then categorized as high, average, and low performance. Twenty-nine of the students who had parental permission were later interviewed regarding whether they liked physical education, what they liked and disliked about physical education, important things to learn in physical education, and characteristics of good and bad physical education teachers. Findings indicated that students liked physical education, primarily because they viewed it as fun. They identified good teachers as nice and knowledgeable and poor teachers as mean, too strict, and angry at students. For each of the interview questions, the most prevalent responses were provided by students from all skill performance groups. Students from the high skill performance group were more specific in their responses than others. Students in low and average skill performance groups made more references to non-physical education behaviors, safety, and injury in their responses. (Contains 29 references and 7 tables.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).