The Attitude towards Olympism Values of Pupils in Schools Implementing and Not Implementing Integrated Olympic Education
Research backround and hypothesis. The research focuses on school pupils’ attitudes towards Olympism values
and Olympic education. We hypothesised that in schools implementing integrated Olympic education programme,
pupils more associated human values with Olympism than pupils in schools where this education programme was
Research aim was to ascertain the attitude towards Olympism values of pupils in schools implementing and not
implementing integrated Olympic education.
Research methods. The sample included 2335 (1095 males and 1240 females) young adolescents between the
ages of 13 and 18 years. Pupils’ attitudes towards Olympism values were determined using the Olympic Questionnaire (Telama et al., 2002).
Research results. Research results revealed statistically significant differences towards human values of
Olympism (p < 0.001) and social virtues of Olympism (p < 0.001) of pupils depending on applied Olympic education
programme in schools.
Discussion and conclusions. Our study revealed that pupils at schools implementing Integrated Olympic
Education Programme more often emphasized the importance of human and social values of Olympism compared
to pupils from schools not implementing this programme. The similar differences were found when assessing the
results separately for girls. Research results did not reveal differences among 13–14-year-old pupils. However, the
differences were established comparing the data of older pupils. Older pupils in schools with integrated Olympic
education programme more emphasized the social virtues of Olympism and the human values of Olympism.
Keywords: Olympism, attitudes towards values, Olympic education.
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