Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Senior Secondary Students' Generic Skills Development and Physical Activity Participation

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Senior Secondary Students' Generic Skills Development and Physical Activity Participation

Article excerpt

Providing students a wide range of generic skills is essential in the school curriculum to enables them to best cope with the challenges of the 21st centruy. It has been well documented that physical activity participation is related to their physical and social development. However, it is not clear whether physical activity participation also supports developing generic skills. This study was to investigate the relationship between physical activity participation and generic skills development of senior secondary students, specifically how students who participate in different levels differed in their generic skills development. There were 2,949 (1,480 girls and 1,469 boys) Hong Kong Chinese students drawn by stratified random sampling to participate in the survey. The sample comprised 1.38% of all senior secondary students and was deemed to be representative. A questionnaire that measures nine generic skills (collaboration skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, information technology skills, numeracy skills, self management skills and study skills) and physical activity participation level was distributed to participants for completion. A 2 x 3 multivariate analysis of variance was conducted to determine gender (girls vs. boys) and physical activity participation effect (active vs. somewhat active vs. inactive) on the nine generic skills. …

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