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ERIC Number: EJ1135467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Motivations for Pursuing a Career in Physical Education: The Rise of a Fitness Orientation
Richards, K. Andrew R.; Padaruth, Sookhenlall
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v88 n4 p40-46 2017
Research related to the occupational socialization of physical education teachers has found that students have been primarily motivated to pursue careers in physical education because they have developed interests related to teaching and/or coaching extracurricular sport. However, recent trends within physical education--and in society more generally--that emphasize health and fitness may be leading contemporary recruits to careers in physical education as a way to affect childhood fitness and wellness. The term "fitness orientation" is used to describe this motivation for entering physical education. This article will discuss role orientations with a specific focus on fitness orientations. It will then describe recruits' motivations for entering physical education as a combination of varying degrees of preference for teaching, coaching and fitness. The article concludes by discussing the implications of recruits' role orientations for physical education teacher education faculty, and proposes some directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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