Date of Award

1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education Honours

School

School of Education

Faculty

Faculty of Education

First Advisor

Dr Jennifer Browne

Abstract

This study investigated the attitudes of 175 lower secondary school students towards compulsory physical education and how these attitudes differed by year level and sex. The students were selected from a metropolitan government secondary school. A modified version of the Wear Attitude Inventory was used as the research instrument. A two-way ANOVA was applied to analyse the data for the following sub-groups: Year 8 females, Year 8 males, Year 9 females, Year 9 males, Year 10 females, and Year 10 males. The ANOVA compared the mean scores on the Wear Attitude Inventory for each sub-group. The results indicated that although both girls and boys held positive attitudes towards compulsory physical education, boys' attitudes were more positive than girls. Also, as the year level increased, attitudes towards compulsory physical education were less positive for both boys and girls collectively. However, the data revealed that girls' attitudes towards compulsory physical education tended to become less positive as the year level increased with the reverse being true for boys. That is, boys' attitudes towards physical education tended to become more positive as the year level increased, but girls attitudes did not.

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