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ERIC Number: ED228185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois