An on-line questionnaire was completed by 115 physical education teachers to establish the barriers to their implementation of physical education in Victorian state secondary schools. In addition, the barriers perceived by teachers to impact on students’ participation in school-based physical education and physical activity were examined. The barriers to the provision of physical education were found to be largely institutional, although two-thirds of respondents recognised their own difficulties in engaging students when teaching as potential obstacles to student participation. Students were also perceived to be influenced by their own (45 per cent) and their peers (62 per cent) low levels of interest when choosing to participate. An awareness of these barriers has implications for physical education teaching, curriculum design, teacher training and adolescent participation in the school environment.
Jenkinson, K. A.,
& Benson, A. C.
Barriers to Providing Physical Education and Physical Activity in Victorian State Secondary Schools.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(8).