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"This choice thing really works … ” Changes in experiences and engagement of adolescent girls in Physical Education classes, during a school-based physical activity programme.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Publication statusPublished - 2013


This research aimed to qualitatively explore the reasons for girls’ disengagement in PE classes. By longitudinally tracking a sample of ‘disengaged girls’ from one case study school in Scotland, the study investigated if and how girls’ experiences and engagement are affected by a physical activity intervention programme, ‘Fit for
Girls’. Five disengaged girls were selected to take part in three phases of semistructured individual interviews. These were to track changes in girls’
engagement and experiences in the PE environment, over an 18 month period. In the PA intervention teachers consulted with girls and offered a choice of activity. This resulted in increased participation and more positive perceptions of the subject, for most of the selected girls. These changes in the PE class resulted in a more supportive PE environment overall and so were critical for the girls transition from disengagement to engagement.

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