ERIC Number: EJ965296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Strategies to Increase the Value of Physical Educators in K-12 Schools
Henninger, Mary L.; Carlson, Kristin B.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v82 n6 p17-20 Aug 2011
There is no denying that physical educators have traditionally been considered second-class citizens within the K-12 educational system in the United States. In some cases the low status of physical educators has resulted from the views of others (e.g., colleagues, administrators, parents, etc.), while at other times physical educators themselves contribute to their lack of value as members of the educational community. Research has indicated that a sense of low status can lead to "washout," poor teaching efficacy, and burnout among teachers. This article identifies ways that physical educators can address the problem. To provide quality physical education experiences for all students that will raise the status of the profession, teachers must design and implement programs that result in student learning, assess learning outcomes and use those results to advocate for their programs, and continue to seek out professional development.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Education Teachers, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Educational Quality, Professional Development, Advocacy, Professional Identity, Social Attitudes, Rejection (Psychology), Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States