The practice of dance as extracurricular activity is related to higher motivation and physical activity level in students

Abstract

The aim of the current study is to compare motivation, self-concept and physical activity level between students practicing dance as extracurricular activity and those who do not. The total of 200 students (mean age 8 ± 0.8 years) divided in two groups participated in the experiment: a) physical education (PE) and b) physical education combined with dance practices (PEDP). Two questionnaires were used, one for the parents (Schooling - Economic stratum) and one for students. The students’ questionnaire consisted of a structured interview divided in four parts: a) General information; b) Motivation; c) Self-concept; and d) Physical activity level. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used. Results showed that students in the PEDP group were more motivated by Status (p = 0.049) and General Affiliation (p = 0.010), whereas 88% of the students in the PE group showed higher social self-concept (p = 0.010). With respect to physical activity level, 100% (p = 0.000) of students in the PEDP group were active and showed screen time 3.88 hours per day (p = 0.000). It was possible concluding that students in the PEDP group showed higher motivation and physical activity level than those in the PE group, who showed better self-concept.

Author Biographies

Allana Freitas da Rosa, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
Graduada em Licenciatura em Educação Física
Nycolle Martins Reis, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
Mestre em Ciências do Movimento Humano
Melissa de Carvalho Souza Vieira, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
Mestre em Ciências do Movimento Humano
Alexandra Folle, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina

Doutora

Departamento de Educação Física

Adriana Coutinho de Azevedo Guimarães, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina

Doutora

Departamento de Educação Física

Published
2018-10-22
Section
Original Article