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Type: Conference paper
Title: Secondary school students' participation in sports and their parents' level of support: a qualitative study from six Adelaide schools
Author: Maniam, Vegneskumar
Citation: Edited Proceedings of the 27th ACHPER International Conference: Moving, Learning & Achieving, held in Adelaide, 18-20 April, 2011 / G.D.Dodd (ed.): pp.66-77
Publisher: ACHPER National
Issue Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780987110916
Conference Name: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation International Conference (27th : 2011 : Adelaide)
School/Discipline: School of Education
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Vegneskumar Maniam
Abstract: The study investigated student involvement in sports as part of co-curricular activities in the school and outside, and the effect of parental support upon their child’s sport participation. The purpose of the study was to investigate in-depth the views of year 11 students from six Adelaide schools about their parents’ influence on their participation in sport. The schools agreed to allow their students to participate on a voluntary basis. The primary data was gathered from 111 students in the form of written personal statements in response to the researcher’s open-ended guideline questions, based on the humanistic sociological approach of studying respondents’ personal perspectives on a particular phenomenon. The 80% of respondents who claimed to play sport were involved in a total of 23 different sports, with soccer being the most frequently mentioned (29%). Parental support for sports participation was evident in 89% of their comments, but only 11% of parents played an active role. The 20% of respondents who did not play sport all attended schools where participation in sport was not compulsory. The negative family constraints identified by 15% of respondents referred to issues such as lack of parental interest in sport, concerns about safety, maintaining a balance between sport and other areas of life, and the cost involved.
Rights: Copyright 2011 ACHPER National and individual authors. Copyright in each of the papers printed herein is the respective authors.
RMID: 0020118429
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