Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Physical.



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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.