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ERIC Number: EJ968105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
The Impact of Initial Teacher Education on Understandings of Physical Education: Asking the Right Question
Chroinin, Deirdre Ni; Coulter, Maura
European Physical Education Review, v18 n2 p220-238 Jun 2012
Evaluation of professional socialisation can provide insight on the impact of Physical Education Teacher Education. A large-scale (n=326) single question "What is PE?" qualitative methodology was used to access pre-service primary teachers' understandings of the nature and purpose of physical education . Data analysis involved word frequency queries and coding using a qualitative coding framework based on the dominant discourses of physical education. Trustworthiness of the analysis was addressed using memos, coding checks and peer de-briefing. While responses at the beginning of the programme were dominated by sport and health discourses, an educational discourse grounded in the key messages of the primary physical education curriculum with emphasis on equality of opportunity emerged at the end of the programme. The complexity of addressing understandings in teacher education contexts is highlighted. (Contains 1 table.)
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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
Identifiers - Location: Ireland