An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


This study aimed at identifying the role of team and individual sports courses in improving life skills for students of Physical Education at the Arab American University-Palestine. The study identified the different levels of life skills amongst students according to their gender, course type, educational level and place of residence. The researcher used a descriptive approach of survey methods to achieve the goals of the study. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 200 male and female students who study team and individual sports courses. The randomly chosen sample makes 32.5% of the whole population. The researcher then used the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for data analysis. The study showed that team and individual sports courses play an important role in students' acquisition of life skills, with a mean of (3.4 ± 0.33). The study also showed that variables of gender, course type (team vs. individual sports), and place of residence (students from the West Bank vs. students from the Palestinian lands occupied in 1948) had no statistically significant role in the correlation between life skills and teams and individual sports courses. It also showed that the year of study has no significance for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students, whereas the relationship between sports courses and life skills is maximized in the case of 4th year students.The researcher, as such, recommends giving more attention to the relationship between team and individual sports courses and life skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking, decision-making, and communication and leadership, especially for junior students. Students are encouraged to take these courses more seriously as these courses are important in improving their life skills