Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education Honours

School

School of Education

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Andrew Taggart

Abstract

The aim of this study is to provide an in-depth analysis of several schools and their attempts to forge school-community links with local clubs during a season of SEPEP Cricket. This research complements ongoing research of the SEPEP curriculum model by focusing on the type of school-community links possible during a season of SEPEP Cricket. Teachers suggested a range of school-community link strategies that sought to increase the participation of students in community sporting programs through links developed with school sport and physical education programs. Adopting quantitative and qualitative research methods, mainly survey and interview data collection procedures, the perceptions of teachers, students and development officers concerning SEPEP Cricket and the development of school-com1nunity links were investigated. The major findings revealed that teachers, students and development officers believed that school-community links strategies implemented have, in conjunction with the SEPEP Cricket season, produced superior educational outcomes for students when compared with a traditional physical education program. Teachers were found to have high levels of experience teaching, coaching and playing cricket that allowed them to make successful links with clubs, and development officers viewed their role to be one of support and guidance. In conclusion, the key influences which foster school-community links and take physical education beyond bell times were discussed with recommendations made to improve the delivery and access of young people to community cricket through SEPEP and School-community links.

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