Design and Critically Evaluate an Appropriate Dissemination Strategy for the Research Project Discussed in Enright and O'Sullivan (2010)



TMA 04

QUESTION: Design and critically evaluate an appropriate dissemination strategy for the research project discussed in Enright and O'Sullivan (2010).

      The research project by Enright and O’Sullivan (2010) was based on understanding and transforming the obstacles that girls see as preventing them from participating and engaging in physical education and physical activities in school.

This qualitative research was carried out using participatory action research methodology. The data were collected over a three year period with 41, 15 – 19 year old female co-researchers and campaigners mostly made up of secondary school girls.

The girls were involved in the formulation of their school curriculum for physical education, as this area has been identified by studies as the problem area to blame for the disinterest of girls in physical education as opposed to blaming the girls themselves, Enright and O’Sullivan (2010). This is more so, because the preferences of the girls were found not being listened to when curriculum are being formulated by their teachers, Enright and O’Sullivan (2010).

Therefore the study aimed to understand what it will look like, if the girls participate in the making of their physical education curriculum. This is referred to as curriculum negotiation, Enright and O’Sullivan (2010). This is the deliberate plan to involve students in the making of the educational program in order for them to have a stake in the program and its outcomes, Enright and O’Sullivan (2010).

Data were generated by five student researchers, who were also part of the curriculum designers.

      The findings of the study suggests that, involving students in the creation of the curriculum for their physical education and participating as co-researchers can really encourage students to reappraise and get a different view of their physical education...