Appropriate or Inappropriate Practice: Exercise as Punishment in Physical Education Class

Authors

  • David Barney Brigham Young University
  • Frank T. Pleban Murray State University
  • Matt Fullmer Brigham Young University
  • Rachel Griffiths Brigham Young University
  • Kelsey Higginson Brigham Young University
  • Dez Whaley Brigham Young University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2016-V73-I1-5952

Keywords:

Exercise as Punishment, Student Attitudes, Physical Activity

Abstract

There is an expectation that physical educators will provide games, activities, and interactions that will positively affect student attitudes toward being physically active throughout their lives. Unfortunately, certain pedagogical practices have been employed in physical education (PE) classes that negatively affect attitudes toward physical activity. Of those practices, incorporating student exercise as punishment (EAP) was the focus of this investigation. The purpose of this study was to explore individuals’ (i.e., former students in PE) perspectives regarding their experiences of EAP. Findings suggest the use of EAP negatively affected the classroom environment as well as perceptions toward physical educators. Former PE students reported EAP did not teach valuable life lessons, with running and push-ups identified as the most common methods that physical educators used to punish students. Results of this study reveal that EAP may not be an appropriate practice and that physical educators should identify other methods of classroom management to create a more positive learning environment. 

Author Biographies

Frank T. Pleban, Murray State University

Associate Professor at Murray State University.  Has taught at North Dakota State University, University of Central Washington, Wayne State University.

Matt Fullmer, Brigham Young University

Currently teaching 7-12 PE at Freedom Academy in Provo, Utah and a graduate student at Brigham Young University

Rachel Griffiths, Brigham Young University

Currently teaching 6-8 PE and Health at Butler Middle School in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently a graduate student at Brigham Young University.

Kelsey Higginson, Brigham Young University

Currently a graduate student at Brigham Young University.

Dez Whaley, Brigham Young University

Currently a graduate student at Brigham Young University

Published

2016-01-25

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