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ERIC Number: EJ909374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Reconceptualizing Student Motivation in Physical Education: An Examination of What Resources Are Valued by Pre-Adolescent Girls in Contemporary Society
O'Donovan, Toni; Kirk, David
European Physical Education Review, v14 n1 p71-91 Feb 2008
Despite receiving an unprecedented level of government funding to ensure young people have two hours of high quality physical education (PE) and sport, physical educators in the UK continue to decry poor motivation levels and disengaged youth in PE. The major purpose of this paper is to achieve a greater understanding of the factors that motivate young girls' engagement in PE. Throughout this paper we foreground the perspectives of 13 white pre-adolescent girls through an ecological analysis of naturally occurring talk and interviews with pupils in year 7 (aged 11 to 12 years) of a suburban town in the UK Midlands. The discussion that follows attempts to provide new vantage points for contemplating what motivates pre-adolescent girls' engagement in PE. This paper examines the ways that this group of girls position themselves around available discourses in a wider physical and popular culture. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)