Authors: Heidi Miller Crone
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Heidi Miller Crone, Ed.D.
6518 Trammel Dr.
Dallas, TX, 75214
Dr. Heidi Miller Crone is a physical education teacher and coach at the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX.
Understanding High School Females’ Perceptions of Physical Education Through Attitude Theory
Purpose: This study aimed to explore high school females’ perceptions of physical education through semi-structured, one-on-one interviews.
Methods: Qualitative data collection methods were utilized for this research to gain insight into high school females’ perceptions of physical education. This study conducted in-depth interviews with ten high school girls from a private school. NVivo data analysis software was employed, as well as coding data by hand. Greater trustworthiness of the findings and credibility of the data analysis were further enhanced by utilizing an additional researcher during the coding and analysis process.
Results: Four themes emerged from the interview transcripts, which include (a) students want their voices to be heard, (b) social factors significantly affect the physical education experience, (c) students find physical education to be useful, and (d) there is a broad spectrum of feelings toward physical education.
Conclusions: The findings from the research are significant because there is a lack of qualitative studies that specifically focus on high school girls’ perspectives regarding physical education. The results indicate that students want variety and autonomy within physical education, and they need physical educators who understand the impact of social factors. Additionally, they believe physical education is valuable, and they have a wide array of feelings toward physical education.
Applications in Sport: Identifying factors that shape students’ perceptions of physical education will be helpful for practitioners and researchers. An excellent starting point for current practitioners is to survey the students and work toward creating a more student-centered curriculum to help improve high school females’ perceptions of physical education.(more…)