Can a physical education intervention with Year 2 children influence their perceptions, knowledge, and choices about physical activity? : a research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
The purposes of this study were to examine (a) what views Year 2 hold about physical activity, (b) how they perceive their own ability, and how much effort they give, with regard to physical activity, and (c) how they explain the importance of being physically active. In addition, a physical education (PE) intervention was put in place to see if it would change the children's perceptions, choices and knowledge in regard to physical activity. Two groups of four Year 2 children from a private city school took part in individual and group interviews before and after the teaching intervention. Results indicated that the children viewed physical activity, PE and physical fitness, positively. The children in this study held high self-perceptions of their ability to do physical activity and sport and attributed their abilities to previous physical experiences and effort. Before the teaching intervention the children's knowledge of concepts of health related physical activity were vague and incomplete. Following the eight-week intervention the children in this group were able to answer the knowledge questions accurately and in detail.