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ERIC Number: EJ992120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Examining Service-Learning in a Graduate Physical Education Teacher Education Course
Meaney, Karen S.; Housman, Jeff; Cavazos, Arnoldo; Wilcox, Michelle L.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v12 n3 p108-124 Sep 2012
This study was designed to explore the impact of service-learning on graduate physical education teacher education students. Social-Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986; 1999) served as the framework to examine graduate student's experiences in a service-learning program. Participants were graduate students (N =16) enrolled in a curriculum and instruction in physical education course at a major university in the southwest United States. The course's service-learning component provided graduate students opportunities to teach physical activity to Hispanic-American and African-American children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Participant's described their experiences through weekly reflections and discussions. Content analysis of data sources indicated that participation in the service-learning program strengthened graduate student's efficacy for teaching, contributed to their acquisition of varied teaching strategies, and enhanced graduate students understanding of children living in low-income, minority households. Findings suggest service-learning can be a valuable pedagogy to infuse into graduate teacher education programs. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States