Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Physical.




The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among attitudes and perceptions of boys and girls in grades 6--8 regarding Health and Physical Education (HPE) in a coeducational setting. An increase in obesity rates for adolescents and a decrease in their physical activity rates are alarming trends since they are likely to continue into adulthood. A sample of 46 boys and 50 girls in grades 6--8 completed a mixed-methods questionnaire composed of 32 closed-ended and 6 open-ended questions. Boys and girls enjoyed participating in HPE activities 95.7% and 90% respectively, and described HPE class as healthy, active and fun. Both genders preferred team sports yet desired a wider range of activities. Students perceived male HPE teachers as more competent than females. Only 27% of boys and 25% of girls would prefer single-gender classes. HPE curriculum and instruction must be revised to encourage healthy life-long habits. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .N356. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0062. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.