ERIC Number: EJ1173462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of the Physical Education Doctoral Experience: Does Previous Teaching Experience Matter?
Richards, K. Andrew R.; McLoughlin, Gabriella M.; Gaudreault, Karen Lux; Shiver, Victoria Nicole
Physical Educator, v75 n2 p255-281 2018
In the United States, physical education doctoral programs place great stock in recruiting students who have prior in-service teaching experience. However, little is known about how this experience influences perceptions of doctoral education. We conducted this cross-sectional, exploratory study to develop an initial understanding of how prior teaching experience and gender influence physical education doctoral students' perspectives of program experiences. Participants included 60 physical education doctoral students (29 females, 31 males) who completed an online survey related to their experiences in doctoral education. Data were analyzed using 2 × 2 factorial ANOVAs, and the differences among study variables based on gender and prior teaching experience were examined. Females without experience had more positive perceptions of their program experiences than did those with experience. These results reinforce the role of prior socialization experiences in framing doctoral program socialization. Further research on the recruitment and education of doctoral students with and without teaching experience is warranted.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teaching Experience, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Student Attitudes, Inservice Teacher Education, Socialization, Preservice Teacher Education, Case Studies, Statistical Analysis, Student Recruitment, Student Surveys, Student Experience, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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