Guided by the Model of Domain Learning (MDL), the study was designed to explore the extent of interrelations among prior knowledge, learning strategies, interests, physical engagement, and learning outcomes in a sixth-grade (N = 91) volleyball unit. Pearson product-moment correlations and a path analysis were conducted for the research purpose. The results showed that students’ prior knowledge, learning strategies, and interests were interrelated. Physical engagement and learning outcomes were directly influenced by the interactions among prior knowledge, interests, and learning strategies. The findings in the study support that learning in physical education is domain-specific and a progressive process that encompasses both cognitive and affective components.
Shen is with the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Study, College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. Chen is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, Room 2312, HHP Building, College Park, MD 20742-2611.