In her project, Erdvik studies adolescents’ experiences in physical education (PE) and how these experiences are related to adolescents’ development.
Global self-worth development is highlighted as an objective in the Norwegian PE curriculum, yet little research has studied the role of PE in students’ global self-worth development. In her project, Erdvik studies the relationship between students’ basic need satisfaction in PE (autonomy, competence and relatedness) and global self-worth using quantitative analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Erdvik also studies the effects of a PE program (“Interest-based PE”), developed in an attempt to level the playing field for sports active and non-sports active students in PE as previous research suggests that these students may not benefit equally from traditional approaches to PE. Besides the study of quantitative effects related to this PE program, Erdvik’s dissertation includes semi-structured in-depth interviews, aiming to get a deeper understanding of changes in students’ PE experiences arising from the interplay between students, the PE subject, and historical issues related to the “Interest-based PE” program.