ERIC Number: EJ856383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
How Do Children Think They Learn Skills in Physical Education?
Koekoek, Jeroen; Knoppers, Annelies; Stegeman, Harry
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v28 n3 p310-332 Jul 2009
Relatively little is known about the ways in which children understand and perceive how they learn tasks or skills in physical education classes. The purpose of this study was to use a constructivist framework to explore how children express their experiences, thoughts, and feelings about how they learn in physical education classes. A variety of methods (semistructured interviews, draw and write exercises, and focus groups) were used to examine how 29 children, aged 11-13, perceived assigned tasks. Results indicated that these children could express themselves in a limited way about their learning experiences and that each method yielded similar and different information. We discuss the implications of these findings for research methodology and quality instruction in physical education.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Physical Education, Focus Groups, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Skill Development, Learning Processes, Student Experience, Interviews, Preadolescents, Early Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Writing (Composition), Grade 6, Grade 7
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands