ERIC Number: ED393810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Physical Educators' Inservice Needs and Variables That Predict Them.
Limited literature on physical educator inservice education and training (INSET) needs provides little basis to design INSET programs for such specialized teachers. This study identified physical educators' perceived INSET needs and determined whether there were predictors of such needs. The sample consisted of 265 Alabama physical educators who responded to 16 demographic questions and a 5-factor, 30-item Professional Development Needs Questionnaire-Physical Education (PDNQ-PE), developed by the researcher. Data were analyzed using frequencies, means, and percents, with multiple regression analysis performed to determine whether predictor variables were statistically significant. The results indicated that physical educators' strongest INSET needs related to current issues and trends. Final mean rankings of INSET needs revealed preferences for several topics. INSET needs, on the five a priori scales, indicated that several variables significantly predict physical educator INSET needs. The findings support a desire for INSET that is designed to enhance instruction. Moreover, evidence suggests that select context and teacher variables have a relationship with teachers' INSET needs. Finally, an up-to-date, reliable, and valid INSET needs assessment instrument now exists for use in local systems. (Contains 5 tables of data, a copy of the Professional Development Needs Questionnaire-Physical Education, and 19 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).