It is important that physical educators, teacher educators, and researchers do all they can to understand and help promote positive attitudes among students, as attitudes toward physical education (PE) may influence students' physical activity intentions and behaviors. The purpose of this study was to identify children's perceptions of PE as it is delivered via a district-wide PE program. Specifically, the study examined the following: (a) student perceptions of enjoyment and usefulness of the PE program as it is systematically delivered in their district, (b) student likes and dislikes with respect to PE, and (c) student voice as expressed directly by the students. The study used a previously validated attitude questionnaire (N = 277) with fifth and sixth grade students (ages 10-13) and follow-up focus-group and individual interviews (n = 24) to identify student perceptions of PE. Results identified three main categories: (a) teacher engagement, (b) student engagement, and (c) the impact of PE on students. Findings show students in this study had positive attitudes toward PE. This was due to curriculum and teachers, both perceived as enjoyable and useful. The quality of the PE these students received was possible through the components of the district-wide PE program.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Exercise Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Watts, Tirza Ramona, "Children's Perceptions of a District-Wide Physical Education Program" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2359.
physical education, perceptions, attitude, student voice, teacher engagement, student engagement