Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effect of an Alternative Physical Education Program on "At-Risk" High School Students with Respect to Achievement in and Perceptions of Physical Education. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effect of an Alternative Physical Education Program on "At-Risk" High School Students with Respect to Achievement in and Perceptions of Physical Education. (Pedagogy)

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This study, completed as a requirement in the Master of Science degree, was designed to examine the efficacy of an alternative physical education program on the perceptions of, and achievement for, "at-risk" students toward physical education before and after participation in the alternative curriculum. Furthermore, it compared achievement (end of term grades) of at-risk students in the program with the grades of students not enrolled in the alternative curriculum. The curriculum consisted of content in health-related fitness, adventure education, alternative games and sports, and use of community resources and programs supported through the police training division, and community recreation and educational activities. Participants (N = 36) were coded as "at-risk" and assigned to the alternative program ("Academy") in ninthgrade physical education if they did not pass eighth grade, failed ninth grade, or consistently failed numerous classes; and if they were suspended frequently, tardy often, or accrued exces sive detentions due to unsatisfactory citizenship and effort. There were 27 boys and 9 girls in the original group. The mean age of the participants was 15 years. Academy students attended physical education on alternating days, either 2 or 3 times per week, for 48-mm sessions. …

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