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  Abstract This study examined attitudes of high school students toward fitness and sports activities taughtin physical education, and the perceived effectiveness of their physical education curriculum for improving their fitness and skill levels. Students from six high schools and 17 intact physicaleducation classes agreed to participate. Data were collected using a questionnaire completed by515 students, 159 of whom participated in focus group interviews. Results indicated student preference for a wider variety in sport and fitness activities, an increase in level of challenge in physical education classes, and an increase in student motivation for participating in activitiesoutside of school. Student attitudes were accepting or tolerant of participation in fitness activitiesdue to known health benefits. Most students liked physical education class that included someform of game play. In addition, they stressed the need for adding interesting activities thatincluded active participation while having fun. Student recommendations included strategies for improving instruction and for grouping students by skill levels for appropriate challenge.
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