The knowledge of male and female pupils from primary schools on the Global Positioning System and playful activities associated with it

Štefan Adamčák, Karol Gôrner, Miroslav Nemec

Abstract

Our objective was to find out the awareness of primary school pupils (male and female) on the Global Positioning System (the GPS) and playful activities associated with it (Geocaching and so on) by using the method of a questionnaire. Based on the analysis of 294 respondents´ we found out that the surveyed sample showed a negative relationship to physical activities (50% of boys and 30% of girls). All respondents have internet access but only 9% of girls and 7% of boys access the Internet through mobile phone. In terms of knowledge of GPS, we found that 75% of girls and 93% boys are aware of it. Up to 67% of all respondents are not aware of the Geocaching Game at all. The fact that more than 61% of respondents said, they would prefer to play the game in the countryside rather than in the cities, we consider this as the most positive finding. In addition to the interest in the location and in the form of execution of the Geocaching game, we observed statistically significant difference of responses in all other questions from the intersexual perspective. With regards to our findings, we recommend that teachers put physical activities and games using positioning receivers (geocaching) into lessons at school (physical education, purpose exercises or course protecting life and health).

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APA Citation

Adamčák, Š., Gôrner, K., & Nemec, M. (2015). The knowledge of male and female pupils from primary schools on the Global Positioning System and playful activities associated with it. Journal of Outdoor Activities, 9(2), 22–30.

Additional Information

Date: 2015-10-01