ERIC Number: ED290706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Teacher Effectiveness in Physical Education: Profession Vs Discipline.
Paese, Paul C.
This study sought to determine if a professional course of study during teacher preparation in physical education had more influence on teaching effectiveness than a discipline-oriented course of study. The subjects were 41 undergraduates involved in two different physical education programs. The discipline-oriented course contained such subjects as kinesiology, motor learning, exercise physiology, and a number of skill-oriented courses. The professional program included foundations, kinesiology, two elementary methods courses, adapted physical education, and only four activity courses. The Academic Learning Time Observation System II was used to collect data on the subjects. No significant difference in overall teaching effectiveness was found between the two groups. Interns in the profession-oriented course of study who were involved in at least two or three field experiences were not any more effective than the discipline-oriented group who were involved in their first field experience. The major recommendation derived from the study is to continue to monitor interns not only during student teaching but during the induction phase of teaching to help teacher educators ascertain the effect of professional preparation and its components. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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