Attitudes of teachers' college students towards physical activity

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University of Dar es Salaam
The main purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of teachers' college students toward physical activity as a function of the prevailing environmental factors and nature of physical activity. The study sought to determine the magnitude of the various problems that faced the physical activity programmes in the colleges. It attempted to establish the extent to which students’ participation in physical activities had been affected by the problems. The sample of population was randomly selected from two Teachers' Colleges in Mbeya, namely Tukuyu (College A) and Mpuguso (College B). A total of 100 students were included in the study of which 43 were females and 57 males. Data were collected through three main instruments viz, documentation, checklist, and questionnaire. The data obtained were displayed in tables for analysis purpose. Percentages and chi-square statistics were used in the data analysis and discussion. The findings of the study showed that, beside experiencing serious shortage of qualified physical education and sport teachers, facilities and equipment, the students' attitude towards the physical activity was found to be favourable. To say in other words, the students supported the physical education and sport programmes at the two colleges that were involved in this study. However, the negative comments given by some of the students suggest that something needs to be done in order to improve the programmes. On the other end, the findings revealed that time allocated for physical activity was adequate and therefore, encouraged students’ participation. The findings also revealed that female and male students showed no significant differences as regards their choices to participate in either competitive or noncompetitive sports. Furthermore, it was found that students of College A and College B (situated at different localities) showed no statistically significant difference as regards their attitudes towards the value of physical activities. Lastly, but not least, it was established that there was no statistically significant difference in perception of the role and functions of UMISAVUTA between students of College A and College B. In light of the findings it was concluded that the students' favourable attitudes towards physical activity were maintained to a great extent in the condition whereby environmental factors were not appealing. Finally, the suggestions for further studies, in the area of attitudes were drawn up in chapter 5 of this text.
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Physical education and training, Teachers trainning, Tanzania