ERIC Number: ED272481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Subject Matter in the Preparation of Teachers in Physical Education.
Vickers, Joan N.
Teacher education programs for physical education teachers have deemphasized the subject matter of physical education and instead have defined the profession in terms of the methods, processes, and procedures of pedagogy. Among the many reasons for this change in emphasis is the belief that generic information processing skills can be acquired without concern for content or subject matter. In particular, it is thought that general problem solving, thinking, and reasoning skills can be learned and then applied to any domain of knowledge no matter how different or complex. A review of the research in the physical education and teacher education fields is presented, showing that the deemphasis on subject matter in the preparation of physical education teachers is not supported by the literature on cognition. It is concluded that it is not a tenable assumption upon which to base the education of teachers, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level. A three-page list of references is included. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Cincinnati, OH, April 10-13, 1986).