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ERIC Number: ED518151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-9438-0
An Empathetic Approach to Physical Education Teacher Education
Monahan, Tony
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Rhode Island
The current crisis in societal obesity and other inactivity-related chronic health disorders has become a widespread concern in the United States. Physical Education (PE) with its propensity for physical activity has the potential to provide solutions to many chronic health issues. However, a large body of literature suggests that generations of students have been "turned off' to lifelong physical activity because of negative experiences in traditional PE classes. A more student-centered approach may be needed to ensure that all students have an opportunity to lead a healthy, physical life. The purpose of this research study was to determine the effect of a semester-long empathy-focused educational intervention on empathy levels in 59 college-level students studying in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Programs at three East-coast universities. A quantitative pre-post quasi-experimental design with control groups was used to measure changes in pre-existing empathy levels among participants. Subjects were given the Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) empathy scale and a reflective essay assignment. Experimental groups participated in a curricular intervention involving an emphasis on empathy and affective educational practices. ANCOVA results revealed statistically significant findings in "Higher Order" empathy levels in the experimental groups, F (1, 49) = 4.36, p = 0.04. Analysis of reflective essays also suggested a change in experimental group subjects' personal view of PE toward an empathetic approach. Study strengths, weaknesses, and implications for future research and practice are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States