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ERIC Number: EJ1122802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1923-1857
An Exploration of One Girl's Experiences in Elective Physical Education: Why Does She Continue?
Gruno, Jennifer; Gibbons, Sandra
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v62 n2 p150-167 Sum 2016
Participation in high school Physical Education (PE) contributes to the overall health of adolescents. However, many girls discontinue enrollment in PE as soon as the mandatory credits are met. Tailored PE courses designed to meet the needs and interests of girls may motivate them to continue participating in PE. This case study explored one girl's story of her past experiences in PE, as well as her current experiences in a tailored elective PE course. We explored how this girl's experiences with the course content, learning environment, and assessment affected her perceptions of PE. Findings emphasized the importance of variety within PE course content, a welcoming environment, fair and private assessment, and feelings of confidence, social safety, and competence for girls in PE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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