Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Activity Preferences of Middle School Physical Education Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Activity Preferences of Middle School Physical Education Students

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Mike Greenwood, Jim Stillwell, Arkansas State University, and Allyn Byars, Hardin-Simmons University

The on going revision of an existing middle school physical education curriculum is a vital function of the physical education faculty. While there is general agreement among physical educators as to what steps to follow when undertaking this process, a factor that is too often overlooked is the input of students regarding the development of the physical education curriculum. It only seems logical that educators offer physical education experiences that have the greatest student interest or students may be exposed to ineffective, repetitious programs that offer little, if any, challenge. The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine the physical education activity preferences of middle school boys and girls. Seven hundred fifty-one middle school students were asked to complete an "Activity Interest Inventory" during the 1999 spring semester. The 23-item checklist included activities ranging from archery to wrestling. Students responded to the inventory by indicating whether they had a strong interest , were undecided, or had little interest in each of the activities. For the purpose of analysis, students were compared by gender and activity. Statistical significance for all analyses was accepted at the .05 alpha level. Using Fisher's exact tests, statistically significant (p [less than] . …

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