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ERIC Number: EJ819740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
"The Confidence I Needed": Elementary Education Majors' Perceptions of Teaching Physical Education
Humphries, Charlotte; Ashy, Madge
Teacher Development, v10 n2 p179-196 Jul 2006
Many US states do not require that elementary schools provide a physical education specialist, making the classroom teacher the only provider of physical education instruction. Their attitudes toward physical education and perceptions of their ability to teach it will affect their efforts to do so. Elementary education majors (n = 183) were questioned at the end of a practicum to gain insight into their perceptions of their skill in teaching physical education; of the changes that had occurred in their skill and of how and why those changes occurred; their understanding of physical education; and their comparisons of teaching classroom and physical education. The most striking finding was the confidence they expressed about their ability. Perceptions of their strengths as teachers related more to affect and management than to instructional skills and content knowledge. Students identified practice, instructor feedback and a supportive class environment as contributing to developing their ability to teach physical education. They understood management to include managing themselves and not just controlling children. Responses did not support that a mature understanding of physical education content had been achieved, but that students had positive attitudes toward physical education. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A