ERIC Number: EJ701851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-1
Reference Count: 4
Children's Drawings of Physical Activity: Implications for Needs Assessment and Programming
Sharpe, Patricia A.; Greaney, Mary L.; Royce, Sherer W.; Fields, Regina M.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n3 p27 Mar 2004
This article shows how to explore children's perceptions of physical activity through content analysis of their artwork. Ninety-one children drew pictures of what they perceived to be "physical activity" and created a slogan for promoting physical activity in their community. Drawing content revealed types of popular activities, gender-related content, health benefits associated with physical activity, and other recurring themes. Variations by gender existed in the types of activities depicted, but no significant gender differences were found for the frequency of competitive versus noncompetitive scenes. The drawings included numerous references to brand names and celebrities. Physical educators and recreation professionals could use this method to conduct an assessment in their settings to guide program planning.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Needs Assessment, Gender Differences, Content Analysis, Childrens Art, Physical Activity Level, Freehand Drawing
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina