Friday, June 28, 2013

Gender Diversity: But I like PE; Factors associated with enjoyment of physical education in children

But I like PE

Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Kathryn H. Schmitz, Dianne S. Ward, Terry L. Conway, Charlotte Pratt, Chris D. Baggett, Leslie Lytle, Russell R. Pate. Res Q Exerc Sport.


  1. This research study reveals good news for physical educators in the areas of middle school. From a study of 1,511 sixth-grade girls, 50% stated that they thought physical education class (PE) is enjoyable. Researchers pointed out that many factors are correlated with PE enjoyment and are referenced in the article. The most influential factor was self-efficacy, how well one thinks the can he/she can complete a task. Negative factors that impeded PE enjoyment were centered around the weight and size of the student. Those with higher BMI's reported not enjoying PE as much as their peers who has lower BMI's. This research offers several suggestions on directing PE classes that will help improve positive class experiences and self-efficacy for students. As educators if we intentionally know the positive factors that promote PE enjoyment and satisfaction we can improve the likely hood that students will continue to have physically active lives as they transition into adulthood.

  2. I can't believe only 50% of students stated they liked PE! That's such a low number. I do notice the students with higher BMI's seem less motivated than others. I want all students to enjoy being outside and trying new things in class since some of what they will learn could be used as lifelong activities.