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ERIC Number: EJ1171402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Teachers' Perceptions of How They Influence Student Academic Performance in VCE Physical Education
Whittle, Rachael J.; Telford, Amanda; Benson, Amanda C.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v43 n2 Article 1 p1-25 Feb 2018
This research explored teacher perceptions of how they influence academic performance of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Physical Education students. VCE Physical Education teachers (n = 37) from 31 secondary schools in Victoria, Australia participated in a qualitative study using focus groups with a semi-structured interview schedule. Recorded focus group discussions were transcribed verbatim, coded and analysed (NVivo 11). A social-ecological model was used to categorise emergent themes. At the individual level teachers perceived content knowledge, expectations, passion and enthusiasm, pedagogical content knowledge and use of reflective practices to inform teaching as key factors influencing student academic performance. Social level influences identified were positive student-teacher relationships and student access to the teacher outside of class time. The emergent themes highlight the teacher perceptions of the key factors of effective teaching in this context. Professional learning opportunities to improve effectiveness of pre-service and in-service teachers of senior-secondary physical education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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