ERIC Number: EJ1160335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Physical Education Teachers' Perspectives and Experiences When Teaching FMS to Early Adolescent Girls
Lander, Natalie J.; Hanna, Lisa; Brown, Helen; Telford, Amanda; Morgan, Philip J.; Salmon, Jo; Barnett, Lisa M.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v36 n1 p113-118 Jan 2017
Purpose: Competence in fundamental movement skills (FMSs) is positively associated with physical activity, fitness, and healthy weight status. However, adolescent girls exhibit very low levels of fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency. Method: In the current study, interviews were carried out with physical education teachers to investigate their perspectives of: (i) the importance and relevance of teaching FMSs to Year 7 girls, and (ii) the factors influencing effective FMS instruction. Results: There were two major findings in the data: Year 7 was perceived to be a critical period to instruct girls in FMSs; and current teaching practices were perceived to be suboptimal for effective FMS instruction. Conclusion: Apparent deficits in current FMS teaching practice may be improved with more comprehensive teacher training (both during physical education teacher education (PETE) and in in-service professional development) in pedagogical strategies, curriculum interpretation, and meaningful assessment.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Females, Psychomotor Skills, Interviews, Age Differences, Teaching Methods, Teacher Competencies
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