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Figueroa's Framework

Self-Analysis on Swimming

Benjamin Watson

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Figueroa's Framework

Self Analysis
Summary of Figueroa's Framework
Agents affecting my swimming involvement
School Involvement in Junior School
Peer Pressure
Figueroa's framework is built up of 5 levels:
1. Individual: Our own attitudes, values and beliefs related to stereotypes and prejudices
2. Interpersonal: Our interactions, relationships and patterns of influence with others
3. Institutional: laws, patterns or rules – organizational structures
4. Structural: inequities within society on a large scale. Social status
5. Cultural: shared assumptions, beliefs and values about issues such as gender or race
Particular agents effecting my involvement in swimming includes School, Peers, Media and Family.
School involvement has been a pivotal point in my choices related to swimming. At a young age, school involvement allowed me to learn to swim in a safe group environment. Also throughout junior school, swimming was strongly encouraged through swimming carnivals.
Peer pressure has been a huge impact on my opinions of swimming. Friends and fellow students have never been supportive of swimming, as there has been little participation in events such as swimming carnivals nor has there been group gatherings outside of school that involve swimming.
Figueroa's Framework
Family Pressure
Interpersonal Level
"The interpersonal level is concerned with our interactions with others, our relationships with peers and others, as well as our patterns of influence and how these may affect access and equity to exercise, sport and physical activity."
(Queensland senior physical education, third edition)
Agents Of Socialization
The Interpersonal level is effected by agents of socialization, These include:
1. Family
2. Community
3. Peer Groups
4. School
5. Media
6. Religion
7. Employment
8. Government
These agents of socialization are responsible for making the person you are, With your attitudes, values and beliefs
Example of portrayed Lifeguard
As you can see, there are a vast range of differences between me and a media portrayed life guard. some of these include a tan, large upper body muscles and body hair.
Media Image
Media Image
Media image effects all teenagers. The image displayed by the media relating a male lifesaver or swimmer is a tall, tan, blonde haired man who has a large sex appeal through his large muscles. This media image displays only a low percentage of actual life guards and swimmers yet people still strive to fit into this image.

Media image has effected my will to swim as i do not fit this image. I am a tall, skinny male which is relatively paled skin. I do not have large muscles nor do i have blonde hair. Due to the fact that i do not fit this ideal image, I do not enjoy swimming or taking my clothes off in public due to judgement from others.
School involvement in Senior School
Unlike Junior School, Senior school had a completely different atmosphere when it came to swimming. Although swimming was compulsory in subjects such as Health and Physical Education, it was seen as uncool if you were to participate in swimming carnivals. it was also thought that you had to win if you were going to swim in the carnivals. This view from the senior school, turned me off swimming as i was never the strongest swimmer.
Ability and Attitudes to Swimming
I am an average swimmer
I am not confident swimming for a duration of time or at a fast speed
I am confident and enjoy swimming in the surf and swimming pools
I do not enjoy swimming competitively
Family pressure has also effected my will to swim. Due to financial pressures and time constraints, only one sport was allowed to be played throughout the year. As soccer was very popular throughout my family and with friends, i chose to play soccer instead of possibly pursuing swimming.

Also Swimming was never truley supported by my family. It was never watched on tv as dad never enjoyed watching the sport. as he was the head of the house, a different channel was put on
As you can see, Swimming has never been advertised throughout my life, due to school involvement, peer pressure, media image and family pressure. these 4 agents of socialization have been responsible for the lack of swimming and life saving ability.

In the future i hope to enjoy and be involved in more swimming and life saving components. ways to achieve this goal include getting people involved in events such as swimming carnivals, converse with my parents about possibly organising time to swim outside of school and finally, swimming for the joy of it.
Reference list
(Queensland senior physical education, third edition)

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Sport is a key component in Australian culture. Sports such as Soccer and AFL are popular amongst teenagers, yet swimming is not as popular amongst Australian Teenagers. why is this? Australia has some of the best weather for swimming and the greatest beaches on earth?

A man known as Figueroa developed a theory into why people choose to be involved and enjoy some sports more then others. This theory is known as Figueroa's framework. It is made up of 5 layers, all referring to different aspects into why people do sports. This theory will be used to analysis my involvement in swimming and lifesaving. the aspect that i will be using to analysis with, is the interpersonal level.
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