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EXPLORING CHILDREN PREFERENCES FROM URBAN AND RURAL AREAS FOR CONDUCTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES DURING LEISURE TIME

S. Jenko Miholić, N. Maras, M. Šaškin

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Teacher Education (CROATIA)
The aim of this study was to find out how much primary school pupils are engaged in physical activities respectively different sports activities during their leisure time and what are the differences when it comes to the variety of an affinity for the different physical activities between urban and rural pupils. The study involved 279 urban school pupils and 85 rural school pupils, amounting to a total of 364 respondents. The respondents were evaluated through the questionnaire. In the questionnaire, they were supposed to check whether they practiced a particular sport or not, how much they are attracted to it, respectively to evaluate the specific sport in question. The questionnaire consisted of 48 items. Research results disclose in general, the amount of physical activities the children are engaged in rural or the urban areas are very similar, while the type of activity which rural and urban pupils are dealing with is not alike. In an urban school, pupils are engaged in more diverse Physical activities, while in rural areas that is not the case.