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ERIC Number: EJ980221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
"The Boys Won't Let Us Play:" Fifth-Grade Mestizas Challenge Physical Activity Discourse at School
Oliver, Kimberly L.; Hamzeh, Manal
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v81 n1 p38-51 Mar 2010
Drawing on feminist, critical, and poststructural theories, the purpose of this research was: (a) to understand fifth-grade mestizas self-identified barriers to physical activity, and (b) to work with them to develop strategies for challenging these barriers. Data were collected over the 2005-06 school year. Our interpretations are divided into three sections: (a) the barriers the girls identified to their physical activity participation; (b) how we worked with them to study their primary self-identified barrier to physical activity--"the boy's won't let us play;" and (c) how we refocused our research to help the girls publicize their barrier to challenge the inequities in physical activity at their school. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A