Coeducational physical education: its effect on attitudes of students at Fresno High School, Fresno, California

One of the most important concerns of physical educator’s in our public schools should be that students develop positive attitudes towards active participation in physically wholesome activities. This will tend to lead them to seek similarly valuable physical activity after leaving organized school programs. Drink water has indicated that attitudes are not rigid, unyielding elements of the personality, but that they can be changed through experience and knowledge. The most significant factors fostering the development of coeducation in physical education are the natural interests of men and women in associating with one another in social activities and the increased emphasis in physical education upon social development. Coeducational physical education might not solve the problem completely, but it would appear to be a progressive step forward. In some junior and senior high schools, boys and girls already have coeducational physical education classes. Moreover, Voltmer and Eslinger have suggested that valuable lessons can be learned from coeducational physical education. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to measure whether coeducational experiences change attitudes toward physical education.