ERIC Number: EJ1202629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Chapter 6: Recruitment in PETE--Interview Results and Discussion
Kern, Ben D.; Richards, K. Andrew R.; Ayers, Suzan F.; Killan, Chad M.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v38 n1 p45-52 Jan 2019
Background/Purpose: Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs have experienced enrollment decline, leading some PETE faculty to consider increasing efforts to recruit new students to their programs. This aspect of the current study sought to investigate PETE program coordinators' perceptions of possible causes for decreased PETE enrollments as well as their role in, and barriers to, recruiting preservice teachers. Methods: Thirty-six PETE program coordinators (12 males and 24 females) participated in in-depth interviews. The data were coded using a standard interpretative approach grounded in inductive analysis and constant comparison. Results: PETE faculty members perceived declining enrollments to be related to negative public perceptions of education, low-quality K-12 physical education, academically unprepared PETE students, and restructuring programs to emphasize other kinesiology areas. Though compelled to recruit, PETE coordinators questioned their responsibility to do so and reported lacking time and training to be effective. Discussion/Conclusions: PETE coordinators favor recruiting strategies that are less time-intensive and match their academic skill set.
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Enrollment Trends, Student Recruitment, Coordinators, Barriers, Elementary Secondary Education, College Faculty, Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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