ERIC Number: EJ1048908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Characteristics of Trained Teachers
Centeio, Erin E.; Erwin, Heather; Castelli, Darla M.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v33 n4 p492-510 Oct 2014
As public health concerns about physical inactivity and childhood obesity continue to rise, researchers are calling for interventions that comprehensively lead to more opportunities to participate in physical activity (PA). The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics and attitudes of trained physical education teachers during the implementation of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program at the elementary level. Using a collective case study design, interviews, observations, field notes, open-ended survey questions, and an online forum monitoring guided the interpretation of teacher perceptions and development of emergent themes. Qualitative data analysis was conducted for each individual teacher and then across the ten teachers which produced four major themes: (a) Leading the Charge: Ready, Set, Go!, (b) Adoption versus Adaptation: Implementation Varies, (c) Social Media's Place in the Professional Development (PD) Community, and (d) Keys to Successful Implementation. It can be concluded that, based on these findings, elementary physical education teachers are ready and willing to implement CSPAP. Key factors that may influence this implementation are discussed.
Descriptors: Comprehensive School Health Education, Physical Activity Level, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Intervention, Health Related Fitness, Health Activities, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Schools, Case Studies, Observation, Teacher Surveys, Computer Mediated Communication, Discourse Analysis, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Adoption (Ideas), Mass Media Role, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Best Practices, Influence of Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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