Alienation in physical education from the perspectives of children

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    Rintoul, Mary Ann R
  • The purpose of this exploratory research study was to examine the phenomenon of alienation in physical education from the perspectives of children. Of particular interest were children’s perspectives about the three constructs of alienation: powerlessness, meaninglessness and social isolation as defined by Carlson (1995a). A case study methodology was employed with a class of grade 6 children (ages 10 and 11) with a total of 14 participants forming the unit of analysis. Observations, field notes, semi-structured interviews and drawings were used to triangulate the data. The data were analyzed by employing a continuum of inductive and deductive analysis (Patton, 2002). Three themes were identified as representative of the children’s perspectives: degree of control, meaning, and social factors. The results are discussed in relation to their potential to contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon of alienation.

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    Master of Arts
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