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ERIC Number: EJ1091832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Task Design and Skill Level Perceptions of Middle School Students toward Competition in Dance-Related Active Gaming
Bernstein, Eve; Gibbone, Anne; Rukavina, Paul
Physical Educator, v72 n5 p99-122 2015
In this study, we drew upon McCaughtry, Tischler, and Flory's (2008) reconceptualized ecological framework to examine middle school students' perceptions (N = 391) of competition in physical education, specifically after participating in noncompetitive and competitive active gaming (AG) sessions. Chi-square tests of independence were computed on students' open-ended questionnaire responses. In terms of the AG sessions, students enjoyed AG and felt happy regardless of the task structure; however, what they liked and disliked about the AG tasks varied according to skill. Lower skilled students in the noncompetitive situation focused on success more frequently and in the competitive situations reported liking task elements and competition less frequently than did other skill groups. Discussion was focused on improvements in equipment features and task design to enhance students' experience. [This study is the second of two papers. The first published paper is different in an analysis of gender and grade-level differences for the same sample.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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