Próba określenia związku między sprawnością motoryczną a popularnością uczniów w klasie szkolnej
An attempt to determine the relationship between students` motor efficiency and their popularity in the class
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Background. The aim of the study was to determine the class hierarchy and to find out if there is a relationship between students’ physical fitness and their popularity in the class. Material and method. The research was carried out on fifth grade students of primary school. In the research the following techniques were employed: 1. classic sociometric techniques based on two criteria (personal ties, i.e. “mate at the same desk” and material ties, i.e. “class council”) and Korczak’s “plebiscite of kindness and reluctance”, 2. the physical fitness test by Z. Chromiński. Measurement of students’ motor performance was assessed by Chromiński’s test. The maximum number of points students could get in each trial was 100, and the minimum was 0. The student’s popularity in the class was calculated adding up the numbers of choices received in all three sociometric techniques. It was assumed that a popular student (with a high acceptance rate) is the one who accumulated the positive choices from at least half of the class and is not rejected (discarded) by more than 33% of his/her classmates. On the contrary, an unpopular student (with a very low or low acceptance rate) is one who received only negative choices, or was ignored in the selections (both positive and negative) or his ratio of positive and negative choices was 1 to 3. Conclusions. There was a low correlation found between students’ popularity and their physical fitness.
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