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ERIC Number: EJ1176762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Exploring Preservice Teachers' Conceptions after 'Living a Hybrid Curriculum'
Sinclair, Christina; Thornton, Leonard Jay
European Physical Education Review, v24 n2 p133-151 May 2018
Physical education reform efforts support constructivist learning theory (CLT) to re-conceptualize K-12 physical education. Advocates of models-based instruction (MBI) indicate that sport education and a tactical games approach are grounded in CLT. A key implication for physical education teacher education (PETE) programmes is to develop preservice teachers (PSTs) capable of implementing MBI. Often, PSTs enter PETE programmes with the pre-conception that learning can only occur through passive transfer of information. As a result, PETE programmes must help PSTs re-conceptualize physical education. The two purposes of this study were to: (a) explore the use of a 'living the curriculum' experience to influence PSTs' conceptions of learning and teaching in physical education; and (b) examine the usefulness of visual methods to further understand students' experiences in a PETE course. Participants were undergraduate PSTs (N = 12; five women, seven men) who experienced living a hybrid curriculum. PSTs took five to seven photographs to create a photo-collage that best depicted their experiences in the class. Semi-structured focus group interviews centered on discussion of the PSTs' photo collages. Data analysis revealed two major themes and sub-themes: (1) Learning in physical education--(a) knowledge is socially constructed and (b) learning is active; and (2) The role of the professor--(a) professor as facilitator and (b) clinging to old conceptions. PSTs experienced cognitive conflict and conceptual addition, suggesting old ideas were not completely extinguished but revised. Overall, the PSTs' conceptions indicated an openness to and basic understanding of alternate forms of physical education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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