Students' reports of misbehavior in physical education

Donetta J. Cothran, Pamela Kulinna

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The purpose of this study was to examine students' reports of misbehavior in physical education class. Secondary school participants (N = 2,309) completed a previously validated instrument designed to measure students ' reports of 59 student behaviors occurring in classes that might affect class management (e.g., from talking to bringing weapons to class). Three-way repeated measures analysis of variance results suggested that students' reports of misbehaviors occurring in physical education classes differed by gender, grade level, and ethnic background. Chi-square results also suggested there were differences in participants ' views about why students misbehave by gender, grade level, and environment. Descriptive findings indicated most student misbehaviors were mild and moderate in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-224
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007



  • Class management
  • Student perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology

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