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Title:Case study of Hispanic students' physical education experiences
Author(s):Sanogo, Veronika
Director of Research:Castelli, Darla M.; Woods, Amelia M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Castelli, Darla M.; Woods, Amelia M.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Graber, Kim C.; Stodolska, Monika
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Hispanic children
Physical Education
culturally relevant pedagogy
teacher cultural competence
Abstract:Abstract Hispanic children and youth have higher rates of obesity and are less physically active than their Caucasian peers. Although there is an evident need to promote physically active lifestyle among this population and school physical education has been identified as one of the venues to do so, little is known about Hispanic students’ experiences in this context. Utilizing Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986) and Critical Race Theory in Education (Ladson-Billings & Tate, 1995) as a grounding framework, this investigation sought to explore the experiences of Hispanic students regarding the cultural competence of their PE teacher and the school environment. After obtaining IRB approval, adult participant consents and student participants and their parents consent, direct observations of fourth and fifth grade physical education classes were conducted in one Midwestern intermediate level school, documenting teacher and student behaviors and interactions. Student physical activity data were collected using accelerometry. Hispanic children participated in a focus group and an opinionnaire and filled out an acculturation survey. The PE teacher and principal were interviewed individually and filled out surveys. Interview transcripts, observation notes and surveys were analyzed inductively. Triangulation, prolonged engagement, persistent observation, peer debriefing, and negative case searches were employed. Quantitative physical activity data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicate that experiences of Hispanic students in PE are unique and need to be considered in provision of quality programming. Further it was found that PE teachers traditionally considered highly effective may not be culturally competent in the delivery of quality instruction to ethnically diverse learners in today’s schools. Further research that explores effective teaching in physical education of Hispanic children especially girls is warranted.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Veronika Sanogo
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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