School sport and academic achievement

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dc.contributor.author Bradley, John L.
dc.contributor.author Keane, Francis
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-14T12:14:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-18T05:00:05Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01
dc.identifier.citation Bradley, J; Keane, F; Crawford, S. (2013) 'School Sport and Academic Achievement'. Journal of School Health, 83(1), pp. 8-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00741.x en
dc.identifier.volume 83 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 8 en
dc.identifier.endpage 13 en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-4391
dc.identifier.issn 1746-1561
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/878
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00741.x
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) is an integral part of the school curriculum in Ireland. Historically the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind philosophy has promoted the inclusion of PESS alongside more cognitive school subjects and research suggests that PESS can promote cognitive function and provide educational benefits. However there is little research on how the choice of school sport influences academic achievement. This case study aims to investigate how participation in school sport influences the Leaving Certificate points score in an Irish secondary school. In particular, the study will investigate how the particular sport chosen by students participating in school sport during their Leaving Certificate years influences their Leaving Certificate results. METHODS: The study recorded the Leaving Certificate scores and sporting participation from 402 school children graduating from an all-boys secondary school in the Republic of Ireland during the period 2008-2011. Sports participation was assigned one of four categories: Rugby; Rowing; Soccer; No Sport. RESULTS: Participation in a sport during the Leaving Certificate years conferred a 25.4 point benefit to the final Leaving Certificate score. However, participation in Rowing, the only individual sport available in the study, resulted in significantly higher Leaving Certificate scores than Rugby, Soccer and No Sport (p < .05), conferring an additional 73.4 point benefit over the next highest group, Rugby. CONCLUSION: Promoting participation in school sport and providing access to a range of team and individual sports throughout the secondary school years may be a beneficial way to improve students Leaving Certificate results. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd. en
dc.relation.uri http://www.blackwell-synergy.com
dc.rights © 2013, American School Health Association. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com en
dc.subject Physical fitness and sport en
dc.subject Individual sports en
dc.subject Team sports en
dc.subject PESS en
dc.subject Academic achievement en
dc.title School sport and academic achievement en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A013/jbradley en
dc.internal.authorcontactother John Bradley, Education, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.bradley@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-01-08T12:01:52Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of School Health en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.crawford@ucc.ie en


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