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ERIC Number: EJ818570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1367-4587
Top-Down Public Health Curricular Change: The Experience of Physical Education Teachers in the United States
Cothran, Donetta J.; McCaughtry, Nate; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges; Martin, Jeffrey
Journal of In-service Education, v32 n4 p533-547 Dec 2006
Schools are frequently seen as the solution to social problems, and recent public health issues such as the near epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes are some of the newest pressures facing schools. This investigation is an exploration of physical education teachers' reactions to one school district's attempts to mandate a public health driven curricular change. Forty-six elementary physical education teachers reported via interviews their perceptions of the change process. Data were analysed via a constant comparison process. Two key areas of implementation challenges were identified; including teachers' need for new knowledge and the mismatch between the curriculum and teachers' understanding of physical education and their context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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