Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

"We Hate Gym" Revisited: A Comparison of Alienated and Nonalienated Students' Views of Themselves and Their Physical Education Classes

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

"We Hate Gym" Revisited: A Comparison of Alienated and Nonalienated Students' Views of Themselves and Their Physical Education Classes

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William T. Weinberg, University of Louisville

Recent studies have focused on the causes of student alienation toward physical education classes. In the most direct study of this topic, Carlson (1995) hypothesized that student alienation in middle school physical education (gym) was caused by three affective states: lack of meaning (LOM),feelings of isolation (I), and lack of control or "powerlessness" (LOC). Carlson was able to support only one of her hypotheses (LOM). However, Carlson indicated that her results might have been different had the sample been larger and more representative. Therefore, there were two purposes of this study. The first purpose was to replicate Carlson's study using a larger, more representative sample. The second purpose was to determine whether alienated and nonalienated students differed in terms of (a) how proficient they consider themselves to be in their gym classes and (b) their perceptions about the instructional and managerial practices they routinely encountered in these classes. Participants were 149 male and 193 fe male middle school students who completed an extended version of Carlson's survey about alienation in gym classes. Responses were analyzed by descriptive statistics, correlation, t tests and chi-square (. …

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