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Title: Does grouping by perceived ability sustain student attitude towards physical education?
Contributor(s): Haynes, John E  (author); Fletcher, Timothy (author); Miller, Judith A  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Literature relating to ability grouping of students is extensive, yet little empirical evidence exists that could provide a greater understanding of the effects of grouping on students specifically engaged in Physical Education (PE) lessons. This study investigated the effect on student attitudes towards PE after being grouped into classes based upon their perceived ability. Following the determination of perceived ability; 67 high school students were placed into one of three PE class groups for a period of six weeks instruction. Following this intervention, semi-structured interviews were conducted, which sought to determine whether any change in attitude could be attributed to the grouping arrangements. A number of participants described a change in attitude, however, other factors that were not given as much emphasis in the research design yielded more descriptive and stronger responses from the participants. As a result of further analysis of the data, there emerged a range of implications for PE teachers regarding ability grouping, as well as recommendations and considerations for future research in PE.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia , 30th November - 4th December, 2008
Source of Publication: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference Proceedings, v.[Paper code: HAY08226], p. 39-39
Publisher: AARE: Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 1324-9339
Field of Research (FOR): 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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