Journal of Social Sciences

Attitudes of High School Students toward Physical Education and Their Sport Activity Preferences

Howard Z. Zeng, Michael Hipscher and Raymond W. Leung

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2011.529.537

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 4

Pages 529-537

Abstract

Problem statement: Identifying and understanding correlates of school children's physical education activity participation are critical to promoting current and lifelong physical activity participation of children. Among other factors, children's attitudes are considered to be a key element influencing physical activity participation. Children who have more positive attitudes toward physical activity are reported to be more likely to participate in physical activity outside of school and demonstrate higher physical activity amounts than those with less positive attitudes. Fostering children's positive attitudes toward physical activity would be conducive to the promotion of current and lifelong physical activity participation of children. Aims at to examine high school students' attitudes toward Physical Education Activity (ATPEA) and their sports activities preferences. Approach: Participants were 1,317 students in grades 9-12th (603 boys and 714 girls) from five urban public school districts. The Physical Education Activity Attitude Scale (PEAAS) adapted version was employed for data collection. One-way ANOVA revealed that the five highest scores were Items 2, 16, 11, 18 and 5 on the PEAAS. Results: The overall mean score (70.160

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© 2011 Howard Z. Zeng, Michael Hipscher and Raymond W. Leung. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.