ERIC Number: ED361308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
First Year Physical Education Teachers' Perceptions of Their Workplace.
Smyth, Donna M.
This study sought to understand how first year physical education teachers perceived their workplace, how they believed it affected their first year of work, and how they understood the role of that workplace in shaping their induction into the social and organizational context of the school. Interviews were conducted with 12 physical education teachers who had completed their first year of teaching at the elementary or secondary level. Results of the study are reported in two sections. The first provides profiles of 2 of the 12 participants and how their particular workplaces operated to shape their first year of teaching. The second section summarizes the themes identified as common to all participants. Five workplace factors were identified as being the most salient characteristics common to each case. They included: the physical education facilities, the presence or absence of teaching colleagues, the scheduling of physical education classes, the community environment, and the students. Important contextual factors were also identified, such as the status of physical education in the schools, the teachers' sense of efficacy, the testing of values, and the realities of the school as a social institution. (Contains 36 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).