ERIC Number: EJ856381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of Overweight Students Concerning Their Experiences in Physical Education
Trout, Josh; Graber, Kim C.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v28 n3 p272-292 Jul 2009
The purpose of this investigation was to examine overweight students' perceptions of and experiences in physical education. Specifically, the applicability of learned helplessness as a framework to understand their experiences was explored. Participants were seven female and five male high school students whose body mass index was at or higher than the gender- and age-specific 85th percentile based on Centers for Disease Control growth charts. Data collection included formal interviews with students and their parents. The primary findings indicate that students have mixed opinions concerning the benefits to be derived from physical education. Despite recognizing the relationship between lack of physical activity and obesity, many participants avoided participation because they had been traumatized to the extent of exhibiting symptoms consistent with learned helplessness. Participants demonstrated greater concern about visibility than they did about their performance, which suggests they might engage in physical activity if shielded from the view of peers.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Body Composition, Physical Activities, Student Attitudes, Health Promotion, Helplessness, Physical Activity Level, Body Weight, Student Experience, Psychological Patterns, High School Students, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Life Style, Peer Influence, Teaching Methods, Teacher Influence, Physical Fitness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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