Title page for ETD etd-1250212199612941

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Manross, Mark A.
URN etd-1250212199612941
Title What Children Think, Feel, and Know About the Overhand Throw
Degree Master of Science
Department Health and Physical Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sawyers, Janet K.
Stratton, Richard K.
Graham, George M. Committee Chair
  • none
Date of Defense 1994-11-28
Availability unrestricted

The purpose of this study was to

gather insights about the thoughts,

feelings, and knowledge children had

about the skill of throwing. Interviews,

conducted with 54 children enrolled in

two different schools, served as the

primary data collection source.

Information concerning their

knowledge of the biomechanical

throwing cues was gathered using a

written test.

The children were involved in

two different physical education

programs. One physical education

program was taught using the skills

theme approach and the other used a

traditional approach. Questions

guiding the study included asking the

children how they felt about how they

were learning to throw, what they

liked and disliked about their throwing

experiences in their physical education

classes, and how important they

thought it was to learn to throw.

Children were also asked to describe

and demonstrate the correct way to

throw a ball. Assertions were formed

using interpretive research. These

assertions framed and organized the

results section of the study.

Results indicated that the

children taught using the skills themes

approach were more knowledgeable

about the skill of throwing and they

attributed their throwing knowledge to

their physical education teacher. The

children taught using a traditional

approach showed little knowledge

about throwing and they relied on

others, not their physical education

teacher, to teach them about throwing.

Additional results revealed that all of

the children said throwing was an

important skill to learn and the way to

improve throwing performance was to

practice. Implications for teaching

throwing are offered.

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