ERIC Number: EJ818447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Discourse, Teacher Identity, and the Implementation of Daily Physical Activity
Robinson, Daniel B.; Melnychuk, Nancy E.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v54 n3 p245-257 Fall 2008
The intent of this article is to generate thought and discussion about Alberta Education's Daily Physical Activity (DPA) initiative. Compelling reasons as to why the implementation process may be considered problematic are presented as the role and influence of institutional discourse in the implementation of new programming is explored. Through a discussion of the dominant discourses of authority, experience, and the physical education profession, the reaction and response of secondary school physical educators to this provincially mandated initiative come to be understood. In these prevailing discourses of the teaching-learning environment and the presence of competing institutionalized ways of thinking, teacher identity negotiation is examined, particularly in the light of the distinction between physical education and physical activity and the role that physical educators might play in the implementation process of DPA.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Foreign Countries, Physical Education Teachers, Curriculum Implementation, Discourse Analysis, Institutional Role, Role Perception, Teacher Role, Teacher Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Educational Research, Performance Factors
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site: http://www.education.ualberta.ca/educ/journals/ajer.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada