ERIC Number: ED228185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Professional Difficulties Encountered by First Year Physical Education Teachers in Illinois Public Schools.
Bischoff, Judith; Ellis, Joseph R.
A study was conducted to determine the perceived difficulties first year physical education teachers encounter and how their perceptions compare to those of teachers in other curricular areas. A questionnaire, sent to 110 first year physical education teachers in Illinois, achieved a return rate of 30 percent. The questionnaire sought information on perceived difficulties unique to teaching physical education and difficulties associated with general teacher roles--planner, director of learning, counselor, interpreter of culture, link with community, and member of a profession and community. The highest degrees of difficulty appeared to be managing classes with large numbers and being flexible in using instructional facilities. The physical education teachers indicated a wide range of difficulty with the role of teacher as a link with the community. This was comparable to the role perceptions of teachers in other curricular areas. Recommendations for improving teacher education programs in these areas would involve simulation/experience in large group instruction, information on the role of the community and the schools, and experience with individuals of different cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Tables present statistical data gathered by the survey. (JD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Large Group Instruction, Physical Education Facilities, Physical Education Teachers, Public Schools, Role Perception, School Community Relationship, Stress Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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