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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHYSICAL SELF-CONCEP AND ENJOYMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION LESSONS AT PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

 

ABSTRACT

 

This research’s aim is to know if there are a relationship between the physical self-concept dimensions (physical condition, appearance, perceived competence, strength and self-esteem), and the degree of enjoyment of Primary Education students in Physical Education lessons, and their relations to gender and age. To answer this question, we carried out a research in two schools in Lugo city, in which a total of 142 subjects participated (60 participants were boys and 82 girls, and they were between 10 and 12 years old). Two questionnaires were applied to obtain data: the Physical Self-Perception Profile (PSPP), consisting of a total of 30 items, and the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PACES), consisting of 16 items. For statistical analysis of the data, we used IBM SPSS version 20.0 software.

Results show that the physical self-concept has no big differences by gender, but it tends to become more negative as the students turn from 10 to 12 years. It is important to say that the degree of enjoyment is quite high, in addition to checking that a positive self-concept leads to a greater enjoyment in Physical Education lessons. Consequently, it is essential that teachers encourage students to have a positive perception of themselves, as well as a high level of satisfaction with Physical Education lessons.

 

KEY WORDS

 

Physical Self-concept, Enjoyment, Physical Education, Primary Education.

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009