Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Middle School Student's Perceptions of Skill Level and Their Effects on Participation in Physical Education. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Middle School Student's Perceptions of Skill Level and Their Effects on Participation in Physical Education. (Pedagogy)

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Student skill level is an important factor influencing learning in physical education. Understanding how students' thoughts and feelings about skill level affect their participation in physical education provides knowledge and insight to their experiences and motivation. The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes and perceptions of middle school students toward skill level and to analyze factors that influence these attitudes and perceptions, as well as their affect on participation in physical education. Middle school students (N= 24, equal high and low-skilled students in seventh and eighth grade) were selected from a middle class, suburban school district. The criteria for selection were based on teacher interviews and recommendations, and on researcher observations of student skill level. Data collection included two in-depth, formal interviews, informal interviews, and multiple observations of students. Data were transcribed and analyzed using constant comparison and triangulation of data sou rces until themes emerged. Negative case checks, member checks, and peer review also were used during data analysis to help assure trustworthiness and credibility of the results. Findings suggest that students have similar perceptions of the behaviors and characteristics of individuals with high and low skill. They think differently, however, about skill level and participation in physical education. …

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