A COMPARISON OF 9TH GRADE MALE AND FEMALE PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES PREFERENCES AND SUPPORT FOR COEDUCATIONAL GROUPINGS
AbstractThe purposes of this study were to determine the physical education activity preferences of 9th grade students in a southern California school district, to identify which activities students felt should be offered in coeducation or gender separate formats, and to determine whether physical education is one of their favorite classes. Results indicated that basketball, football, bowling, softball/baseball, swimming, and volleyball were the most preferred activities. Girls were more likely to select individual and noncontact activities while boys were more likely to select contact activities. A majority of boys and girls preferred that all activities be offered on a coeducational basis, however a significantly higher percentage of boys preferred coeducational classes for 9 out of the 10 activities in which there were significant differences based on gender. Finally, a significantly higher percentage of boys indicated that physical education is one of their favorite classes.?
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