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ERIC Number: EJ1200189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
'It Doesn't Seem Like PE and I Love It': Adolescent Girls' Views of a Health Club Physical Education Approach
Timken, Gay; McNamee, Jeff; Coste, Sarah
European Physical Education Review, v25 n1 p109-124 Feb 2019
School-based physical education (PE) is the most efficient and cost-effective means of increasing girls' physical activity. Therefore, this project used a health club (HC) approach to alter a high school PE experience for 17 grade nine girls (M age = 14.6 ± 0.49). As part of a larger mixed-methods study, this qualitative element gauged adolescent girls' perceptions of their HC experience using the frameworks of interpretive description and practice-referenced research. Students participated in both pre- and post-intervention semi-structured focus group interviews and completed journals throughout the 14-week intervention. Results revealed autonomy as one organizing theme, including students reporting the importance of choice, variety, and novelty. A second organizing theme was relatedness, with subthemes specific to how girls appreciated having a single-gender PE experience, and their desire for a positive relationship with the research assistants who were leading the experience at the health club.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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