ERIC Number: EJ1138056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 92
Can Continuing Professional Development Utilizing a Game-Centred Approach Improve the Quality of Physical Education Teaching Delivered by Generalist Primary School Teachers?
Miller, Andrew; Eather, Narelle; Gray, Shirley; Sproule, John; Williams, Cheryl; Gore, Jennifer; Lubans, David
European Physical Education Review, v23 n2 p171-195 May 2017
The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a continuing professional development (CPD) intervention in producing changes in physical education (PE) teaching practice and PE teaching quality by generalist primary school teachers when the CPD addressed the use of a game-centred approach. A cluster randomized controlled trial was conducted in seven primary schools in the Hunter Region, New South Wales, Australia. One year six teacher from each school was randomized into the Professional Learning for Understanding Games Education (PLUNGE) intervention (n = 4 teachers) or the 7-week wait-list control (n = 3) condition. The PLUNGE intervention (weeks 1-5) used an instructional framework to improve teachers' knowledge, understanding and delivery of a game-centred curriculum, and included an information session and weekly in-class mentoring. The intervention was designed to enhance content and pedagogical knowledge for the provision of pedagogy focused on a broad range of learning outcomes. Teaching quality was assessed at baseline and follow-up (weeks 6 and 7) via observation of two consecutive PE lessons using the Quality Teaching Lesson Observation Scales. Linear mixed models revealed significant group-by-time intervention effects (p < 0.05) for the quality of teaching (effect size: d = 1.7). CPD using an information session and mentoring, and a focus on the development of the quality of teaching using a game-centred pedagogical approach was efficacious in improving the quality of PE teaching among generalist primary school teachers.
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Teacher Competencies, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Physical Education, Randomized Controlled Trials, Foreign Countries, Games, Teaching Methods, Mentors, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Observation, Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia