The Effect of Alternating Grouping Forms on the Pleasure Felt in Physical and Sports Education

By Vanessa Lentillon-Kaestner, Gianpaolo Patelli

The aim of this study was to estimate the effects of the alternation of homogeneous ability groups (ability-based groups) and heterogeneous groups (traditional mixed ability classes) on the pleasure felt by students in physical education. A total of 202 secondary students aged from 11 to 15 years participated in the study. Data was collected through a validated questionnaire on pleasure in two different contexts, with students from 8th grade in the endurance unit and from 9th grade in the basketball unit. Pleasure felt is on average higher among students from alternate grouping forms in the two contexts, regardless of the students’ ability level. To alternate learning contexts seems to be a good compromise to meet students’ social and learning needs.


  • physical education
  • pleasure
  • grouping forms
  • alternation
  • pupils
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