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Boys' masculinities in three adventure physical education classes


2012 2012

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The diminished state of youth health in the United States has been a rising concern over the past few decades (Fahlman, Dake, McCaughtry, & Martin, 2008; Krebs, Baker, & Greer, 2003). Headlines across the nation declare that children in the United States are getting heavier and most point to a lack of physical activity as the cause (Wechsler et al., 2004). Understanding adventure physical education might help to create physical education programs that captivate students so much so that they look forward to participating rather than enacting task avoidance strategies. In fact, physical education might empower students to be physically active outside of the school setting, thus improving youth health. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine boys’ masculinities in adventure physical education. The theoretical framework that guided this study was Connell’s concept of masculinity. One teacher (Andy) and students from three sections of his adventure physical education class were observed and interviewed for fifteen weeks.

The main findings from this study showed how Andy’s program and approach to teaching were driven by a desire and effort to decrease the status differentials among students by building metaphorical bridges. Andy’s adventure physical education class created social status differentials that boys described as flattened which resulted in positive feelings about physical activity in their lives inside and outside of physical education.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational sociology;
Pedagogy;
Physical education;
Boys;
Masculinity;
Children & youth
Classification
0340: Educational sociology
0456: Pedagogy
0523: Physical education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Boys' masculinities; Hierarchies; Masculinity; Physical education classes; Social hierarchies; Social practices
Title
Boys' masculinities in three adventure physical education classes
Author
Tischler, Amy
Number of pages
328
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0254
Source
DAI-A 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267196385
Advisor
McCaughtry, Nate
Committee member
Cole, Elizabeth; Dillon, Suzanna; Shen, Bo
University/institution
Wayne State University
Department
Physical Education
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3495796
ProQuest document ID
924762490
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/924762490
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