ERIC Number: ED467768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Teachers' Perspectives on Classroom Management in Elementary Physical Education.
Garrahy, Deb; Cothran, Donetta; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges
This study examined what elementary physical education teachers knew about classroom management, how that knowledge was gained, and how teacher knowledge changed over time. A total of 20 white, male and female physical educators completed individual interviews that examined their personal knowledge base about classroom management. Data analysis indicated that learning to manage one's own classroom was a developmental process influenced by personal and contextual forces. What teachers valued most was the knowledge that came from personal practice. They believed strongly in their wisdom of practice and the wisdom of other colleagues' practice. They did not, however, give much credence to wisdom from their teacher education programs. Respondents valued the role of their college field-based experiences and suggested adding more practicum opportunities into the undergraduate program. They used multiple classroom management strategies. On average, respondents had taught for 15 years, yet they consistently spoke of their willingness to change and seek out information to improve their classroom management skills. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).