Examining elementary school childrens level of enjoyment of traditional tag games vs. interactive dance games

Zan Gao, Peng Zhang, Leslie William Podlog

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Abstract

Enjoyment has been implicated as a determinant of physical activity among children and adolescents. However, the effect of different sport activities on children's enjoyment remains largely unexplored. This study examined whether childrens enjoyment in physical education (PE) varied as a function of learning activities. Participants were 210 third-through sixth-grade children who had a 30 min PE class every week. Participants responded to a standardized self-report enjoyment survey measuring their enjoyment level in a PE class during which they participated in tag games. Students completed the same questionnaire when involved in interactive dance games in PE. The results revealed that children reported significantly higher scores in enjoyment toward interactive dance games than they did toward traditional games (p <.01). Also, girls exhibited higher enjoyment toward interactive dance games than boys did (p <.05). However, no gender difference emerged on enjoyment toward traditional games. In conclusion, it is practical and meaningful to integrate interactive dance games into PE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2014

Keywords

  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • gender differences
  • physical activity enjoyment

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