ERIC Number: EJ1027642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
One Physical Educator's Career Cycle: Strong Start, Great Run, Approaching Finish
Woods, Amelia Mays; Lynn, Susan K.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v85 n1 p68-80 2014
Purpose: This article is nested within a longitudinal project examining 6 teachers' journeys along their career cycles (Lynn & Woods, 2010; Woods & Earls, 1995; Woods & Lynn, 2001). Two participants from the initial 6 continue to teach K-12 physical education; 1 of these participants, Everett, is examined in the current study. This veteran teacher's career-cycle movement and the environmental factors that both enhanced and constrained his career development are examined through the lens of Fessler and Christensen's career cycle model (1992). Method: Data sources included: 8 formal interviews with Everett; formal interviews with his university teacher educators, student-teacher supervisor, principal, and spouse; informal interviews; field notes; and systematic teaching observations. An interpretative framework was used to assess the perceptions and meanings Everett gave to experiences as a physical educator and coach. Results: Several factors acutely influenced Everett's career progression, including: (a) his individual disposition, (b) the impact and continued influence of a professional preparation program, and (c) his school and community support. He entered the profession with great promise and spent most of his career in the enthusiastic and growing, and the career stability, stages before shifting into the career frustration stage where he currently remains. Conclusions: Everett was able to negotiate personal and organizational environmental factors that have been identified as barriers for some physical educators. Therefore, viewing his professional life through the lens of the career cycle provides insights into the areas of change necessary to motivate and retain high-quality physical educators such as Everett.
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Career Development, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Professional Development, Experienced Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Socialization, Models, Case Studies, Teacher Background, Preservice Teacher Education, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Competencies, Capacity Building, Job Satisfaction, Job Security, Teaching Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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