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Gender differences in recess play in five Fiji primary schools

Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2020) Gender differences in recess play in five Fiji primary schools. In: Leadership, community partnerships and schools in the Pacific Islands: Implications for Quality Education. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 91-104. ISBN 978-981-15-6482-6

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This study aimed to investigate gender differences in the level of social interaction and types of play and games in which class four pupils in five Fiji primary schools in Suva are engaged during school recess. Five researchers observed 168 (male n = 79, female n = 89) class four pupils over three months, using scan sampling. With a mixed method approach, the study analysed quantitative data using the Kruskal–Wallis test, while qualitative data was gathered via five focus groups with recess observers. Qualitative data derived from these focus groups were used as a smaller component of the study to support quantitative findings in the dominant–less dominant mixed methods study. It was found that boys are significantly into ‘vigorous’ and ‘fantasy’ play more so than girls, while girls are engaged in ‘conversation’ more than boys during recess. This indicates that boys play more vigorous activities during recess than girls. Furthermore, it also indicates that boys may view recess as opportunity to be engaged in vigorous play, while girls may see it as opportunity to socialise with their friends. These and other discussions will have implications for a recess policy in Fiji.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: DOI:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 23:18
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2020 23:18

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