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Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences
Despite increased support for youth development, youth have few opportunities to voice the aspects of these programs that hold meaning for them. This study explored youth perceptions throughout a youth development physical activity program based on an adapted model of Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) designed to enhance Self-Determination Theory (SDT) tenets of: autonomy, relatedness, and competency (Deci & Ryan, 2008). An ethnographic case study, drawing on multiple data sources, was used to study student perceptions over a nine month program. Participants included 19 students (10 boys; 9 girls) attending an alternative middle-school. Data analysis utilized open and axial coding (Corbin & Strauss, 2008). Four themes holding personal meaning to the youth were identified: with good people, choices we made, learning to do, and it was cool. Youth perceived the enhancement of SDT constructs positively influenced the program atmosphere. Results reflected the importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere in meeting TPSR program goals. Relatedness was cited as especially important to students throughout the program and encouraged the students to strive to reach program goals.
Ward, S., Parker, M., Henschel-Pellett, H., & Perez, M. (2012). Forecasting the storm: Student perspectives throughout a teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR)-based positive youth development program. Ágora para la educación física y el deporte, 14(2), 230-247.
Ágora para la educación física y el deporte
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