ERIC Number: ED392748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-11
Reference Count: N/A
The Professional Preparation and Development of Physical and Health Educators.
Sondag, K. Ann; And Others
State standards for certification in the area of Health Enhancement reflect a merger of the standards which traditionally have fallen into the separate disciplines of physical education and health education, thus requiring teachers to develop skills and knowledge in both disciplines. This study, a partnership between faculty at the University of Montana and faculty at Big Sky High School, looked at what teachers perceive to be the major health issues of adolescents today; whether there should be separate state standards for health education and physical education; the extent to which teachers are prepared in each of the stated areas; teachers' perceptions regarding the state standards areas; and whether there are specific areas included in the state standards in which teachers need more preparation. A series of three one-day workshops were scheduled in various locations throughout the state; 25 health enhancement teachers participated in the workshops. Data were collected through questionnaires, focus group interviews, and a wrap up session. Analysis of the data revealed three areas of concern: (1) imbalance in the professional preparation of health enhancement teachers so that skill and content areas related to physical education receive a higher priority than those relating to health education; (2) participants' conceptual understanding of Montana's Health Enhancement curriculum and perceived lack of preparation in several areas; and (3) significantly larger number of state standards in which participants felt marginally or unsatisfactorily prepared. Recommendations suggested by the findings included establishing a standardized curriculum, to be implemented by all state institutions, that accurately reflects current state standards; considering offering a series of seminars intended to clarify and promote the concept of health enhancement; and addressing lack of preparation by extending the current major to include additional credit hours to cover both disciplines, offering separate certifications in health education and physical education, or offering a major and minor emphasis in both health and physical education. Focus group interview questions and survey questionnaires are included in appendices. (ND)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council and the State of Montana Board of Public Education (Helena, MT, January 11, 1996).