Teaching responsibility through physical education : does the use of Hellison's (1996) model of teaching personal and social responsibility change students' attitudes and behaviour? : research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
The purposes of this study were to examine how the use of Hellison's personal and social responsibility model (RM) within a physical education (PE) programme changed children's attitudes and behaviour, within PE and outside their PE classes. Also to determine to what extent the children were able to explain and give examples of (a) any changes that took place and (b) the concepts relating to RM. A fifteen week PE programme based on Hellison's personal and social responsibility model (RM) was carried out with a Year 3 class in a private city school. Four children from this class took part in five individual interviews. These were carried out before, during and after the programme. The results showed that the children were able to identify and describe a number of changes, in both their own and their classes attitudes/behaviour during the PE programme. They were able to describe and give examples of a number of changes that had occurred in their attitudes and behaviour outside PE. The interview data also indicated a strong link between each child's self-efficacy level and their ability to understand and act upon the virtues/skills that relate to personal and social responsibility. The children's responses during the interviews showed that they had enjoyed that PE programme and they understood the principles of RM.