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Summer 2021


The purpose of this action research is to gain a better understanding of why a significant number of elementary physical education students choose not to participate. In addition, the intended outcome of the study is to identify an effective intervention that increases student participation in elementary physical education. This 12-week long study used the mixed-methods approach as students were observed, surveys were collected, and data was analyzed. Furthermore, an intervention was tested to determine a way in which student participation would be increased. Over the course of the action research project, 70 students were observed and asked to complete a student survey. Based off of their responses, an intervention was applied to the setting and further observational data was collected. Using correlation statistical testing, it was determined that the implementation of a break area successfully increased student participation in elementary physical education. In addition to the study, this paper will share the related literature, the methodology, and the findings of the action research.