ERIC Number: EJ1048903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Creating a Before-School Physical Activity Program: Pre-Service Physical Educators' Experiences and Implications for PETE
McMullen, Jaimie; van der Mars, Hans; Jahn, Julie A.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v33 n4 p449-466 Oct 2014
The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences of physical education teacher education (PETE) majors enrolled in an internship course that provided them with authentic experiences promoting and facilitating a before-school physical activity (PA) program and to examine the associated implications for PETE programs within the Comprehensive School Physical Activity (CSPAP) framework. In this study, five PETE majors were recruited to participate. Data were collected from several sources including participant observation, interviews, systematic observation, and document analysis. The results show that preservice physical educators struggled with PA promotion as a consequence of perceptions of early programmatic success, feelings of nervousness and influences of their existing beliefs about the role of the physical educator. Therefore, when considering the role of the physical educator relative to a CSPAP, PETE programs should consider making adjustments to their curricula to include experiences that allow preservice teachers to practice skills associated with out-of-class PA promotion.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Internship Programs, Participant Observation, Interviews, Content Analysis, Student Experience, Student Teaching, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Evaluation, Comprehensive School Health Education, High School Students, Role of Education, Seminars, Field Experience Programs, Observation, Position Papers, Health Promotion, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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