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Participation factors in optional high school health and physical education

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dc.contributor.author Pybus, Colin M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-28T15:55:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-28T15:55:25Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-28T15:55:25Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/2865
dc.description.abstract Student enrolment rates in optional health and physical education (HPE) classes have been steadily declining, to the point where most Ontario students stop taking HPE after completion of their one required credit, typically taken in grade nine. This study looked at factors that could contribute to HPE enrolment, sampling 227 grade ten students from five schools. These factors included selfefficacy (SE), perceived autonomy support (PAS), task value (TV), motivational regulation (autonomous, AR; controlled, CR), HPE grade average and body size discrepancy (BSD). Qualitative information was also gathered from students regarding likes and dislikes ofHPE, as well as reasons for their HPE enrolment choice. Cronbach Alpha values of each scale fell within acceptable values. ANOVA analysis revealed differences between enrolment groups in SE, TV, AR, HPE grade average, and BSD (p < .05). Reasons students reported for not taking HPE included a dislike of health classes, scheduling challenges, not needing HPE for future endeavors, concerns about social self-presentation, and a dislike of sports and/or competition. This research shows important differences between students and their HPE class choices and calls for a re-evaluation of how HPE classes are structured, advertised and scheduled by high school practitioners. Future works should look toward what other factors could be at play in students' decisions for or against optional HPE and how those factors interact with the constructs that were found to be of significance in this study. Keywords: Health and physical education, high school students, participation.
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Physical education and training--Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject Health education--Study and teaching (Secondary)--Ontario. en_US
dc.title Participation factors in optional high school health and physical education en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Applied Health Science en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Applied Health Sciences Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Applied Health Sciences en_US


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