Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Joondalup, Western Australia


Department of Human Movement


Healthway (Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation)


Embrey, L. & Drummond, M. (1996). Boys' participation in junior secondary school physical education and sport. Joondalup, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


According to social lore, boys are meant to be good at Physical Education and sport. There is, however, increasing evidence to the contrary and it is now essential to consider why boys drop out of Physical Education and sport. There has been a good deal of research and subsequent literature detailing the plight of girls' involvement in Physical Education and sport. However, a dearth of literature and research exists where boys Physical Education and sport are concerned. Out of research comes practical implementation strategies that can be adopted by teachers to create a more favourable learning environment. Extensive research on boys' Physical Education and sport has been carried out in a number of schools in the Perth metropolitan region as well Western Australian country schools. The schools involved have been randomly selected from a multitude of regions to create a broad cross section of data. They include both government and non-government schools. The participants involve boys in Years 8, 9, and 10. Approximately 40 boys who do not enjoy Physical Education and sport, as identified by their Physical Education teachers, took part in group interviews . From these interviews a questionnaire was developed and completed by over 600 boys in 14 different schools...