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Why females don't do sport degrees

Author(s): David Elliott | Lindsay Sander

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: higher education | attitudes | sport degrees | gender

In the UK, “sport” degrees attract a predominantly male cohort. This study examined reasons behind this bias. One hundred and seventy females engaged in further education in the North of England were sampled. A series of statements designed to assess attitudes towards sport degrees were presented. Principle component analysis identified six factors: value/relevance; interest in sport; male dominated; suitability for females; academic value and career opportunities. Only the value/relevance factor could be considered pertinent.Participants were also asked to rate a series of sport degrees for their level of attractiveness and it was found that those which incorporated health and psychology were considered more attractive than those which focused on sport and exercise.

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