Secondary Students' Perceptions of Enjoyment in Physical Education: An American and English Perspective


Health Promotion and Physical Education

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Winter 2009


The purpose of the study was to identify American and English secondary students' determinants of enjoyment in physical education using Scanlan and Lewthwaite's (1986) Sport Enjoyment Model as a theoretical and conceptual framework. Open-ended semi-structured interviews, lasting between 30 and 75 minutes were conducted. Using open and axial coding, four themes and five categories representing student perceptions of enjoyment were established. These themes were: teacher impact, class activities, student determinants, and the physical education environment. Based on the findings, implications for practice are presented.

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