A Narrative Exploration of Girls' Experiences in Elective Physical Education: Why do they Continue?

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dc.contributor.author Gruno, Jennifer B.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-20T18:39:19Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-20T18:39:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-12-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5099
dc.description.abstract Physical inactivity is a serious public health concern in Canada, especially among the country’s youth. Adolescent girls, in particular, suffer many life-long consequences due to inactivity. Physical Education (PE) can offer a solution. However, the vast majority of girls discontinue enrollment in PE as soon as the mandatory credits are met. Tailored PE courses designed to meet the needs and interests of girls may motivate girls to continue participating in PE. This narrative inquiry explored three girls’ stories of their past experiences in elementary, middle, and high school PE, as well as their current experiences in a tailored elective PE course entitled Girls Actively Living (GAL). The goals of this study were to explore how the girls’ experiences with the course content, learning environment, and assessment in GAL affected their perceptions of physical education. Additionally, it was of interest how their experiences outside of PE influenced their desire to continue in elective PE and how their experiences in GAL affected their perceptions of physical activity. Findings emphasized the importance of (a) variety and cooperation within PE course content, (b) a fun and welcoming PE learning environment, (c) fair and private assessment, and (d) feelings of confidence, social safety, and competence for girls in PE. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Physical Education en_US
dc.subject Girls en_US
dc.subject Narrative Inquiry en_US
dc.subject PE en_US
dc.subject Experiences en_US
dc.subject Elective en_US
dc.title A Narrative Exploration of Girls' Experiences in Elective Physical Education: Why do they Continue? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Gibbons, Sandra Louise
dc.degree.department School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0523 en_US

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