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Subject/Keyword
physical activity
choice
adapted physical activity
affordances
adults
mobility impairments
constraints
ecological task analysis
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Morphy, Lorraine Yvonne
Supervisor and department
Goodwin, Donna (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Chorney, David (Education, Secondary Education)
Markula, Pirkko (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
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Date accepted
2010-09-29T15:00:13Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Using ecological task analysis as a conceptual framework, this study sought to describe the experiences of choice in physical activity contexts for adults with mobility impairments. Experiences of 3 female and 2 male participants with mobility impairments, ages 18-23 years were explored using the phenomenological research methods of interviews, written stories, and field notes. Thematic analysis revealed three themes: (a) Interpreting the setting described participants’ interpretation of the environment, person, and task when making movement choices; (b) It just felt right described how participants actively engaged in a process of analyzing alternatives and choosing among them; and (c) Implications of choices made described participants’ evaluations of good and bad choices and what could be learned. The implications of this exploratory study include enhanced understanding of the assumptions surrounding choice, and appreciation for the multiple layers of affordances and constraints that influence choices in physical activity contexts.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3CG9H
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License granted by Lorraine Morphy (lori.morphy@ualberta.ca) on 2010-09-27T20:50:52Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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