A Qualitative Evaluation of a Life Skill Training Program in Physical Education

Authors

  • Athanasios Kolovelonis University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Marios Goudas University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Eleni Dimitriou University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Maria Hassandra University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science

Keywords:

Life skills, physical education, qualitative research

Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of a life skills training program in a physical education setting, using a qualitative approach. Participants were 76 seventh grade students. The
life skills program included goal setting, positive thinking and self-talk and consisted of 8 lessons
which were implemented in connection with a physical fitness program. Sixteen interviews from 8
boys and 8 girls were conducted after the end of the intervention. Data were coded through thematic
analysis (Boyatzis, 1998) in the following dimensions: usefulness, satisfaction, function, transfer, and
comprehension. Results showed that students comprehended the teaching of the life skills program
and found it enjoyable, interesting, useful and beneficial. In addition, students reported that they used the life skills, not only during physical education, but also in other subjects as well as in circumstances out of school. In conclusion, the life skills training program was effective and can contribute to the achievement of physical education goals.

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Published

2010-09-30

How to Cite

Kolovelonis Α., Goudas Μ., Dimitriou Ε., & Hassandra Μ. (2010). A Qualitative Evaluation of a Life Skill Training Program in Physical Education. Inquiries in Physical Education and Sport, 8(2), 107–118. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.uth.gr/index.php/inquiries/article/view/1348

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