Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Comparing Attitudes of Male and Female Students toward Physical Education at the Elementary and Secondary Levels

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Comparing Attitudes of Male and Female Students toward Physical Education at the Elementary and Secondary Levels

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Duane Millslagle, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and James Keyes, Jr., Flandeau High School

A concern involving physical education in American school systems is the poor attitudes that students have toward physical education (Earl and Stennett, 1987, Figley, 1985; King, Robertson, and Warren, 1985, Rice, 1988, and Luke and Sinclair, 1991). The purpose of this study was to identify and examine the potential determinants of male and female students' attitudes toward physical education at the elementary and secondary levels. Students (N = 355) were randomly selected from the sixth and tenth grades in a large midwestern public school system. A critical incident report form was used to assess the students' attitude toward physical education (Figley, 1985; Schempp, 1985; and Luke and Sinclair, 1991). The critical incident report is an open-ended instrument that allows all students to comment freely on selected events in their physical education experience. Three main questions were addressed: What event or events that you have experienced from Kindergarten to 6th grade or 7th to 10th grade that contribute d to the development of positive-negative attitudes toward physical education? …

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