ERIC Number: EJ1094129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
The Value of Fun in Physical Activity
El-Sherif, Jennifer L.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v29 n2 p3-8 2016
According to students, fun, good grades and time with friends are the three key outcomes of physical education. A further review of fun in physical education, from the perspective of students, is included in this article. Selected responses from interviews with high school students reference fun as an important part of their experience in physical education. Teachers who interact with students individually during class create a positive learning environment. From a student's perspective, teachers who demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm are more engaging, and make the class more fun and interesting. Teacher engagement and an awareness of students' perception of fun are discussed as two intricate components of improving experiences of students in high school physical education. The use of curriculum models to engage students, such as the personal system of instruction, is also a consideration for increasing participation.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Student Attitudes, Physical Education, Grades (Scholastic), Friendship, Outcomes of Education, Interviews, High School Students, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Teacher Student Relationship, Physical Education Teachers, Models
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A