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Flory, Sara B.; McCaughtry, Nate – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2011
Using a three-part theoretical framework, the cultural relevance cycle--which consists of (a) knowing community dynamics, (b) knowing how community dynamics influence educational processes, and (c) implementing strategies that reflect cultural knowledge of the community--we examined teachers' and students' perspectives on culturally relevant…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Physical Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Learning Processes
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Martin, Jeffrey J.; McCaughtry, Nate; Flory, Sara; Murphy, Anne; Wisdom, Kimberlydawn – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2011
Few researchers have used social cognitive theory and environment-based constructs to predict physical activity (PA) and fitness in underserved middle-school children. Hence, we evaluated social cognitive variables and perceptions of the school environment to predict PA and fitness in middle school children (N = 506, ages 10-14 years). Using…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Physical Activities, Self Efficacy, Educational Environment
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Tischler, Amy; McCaughtry, Nate – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2011
This study used hegemonic masculinity theory to examine the intersection of masculinities and school physical education from the perspectives of boys who embodied masculinities that were marginalized. Over a 13-week period using present-focused, student-centered, qualitative methodological approaches, we observed, interviewed, and worked in small…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Males, Masculinity
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Cothran, Donetta; McCaughtry, Nate; Faust, Roberta; Garn, Alex; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges; Martin, Jeffrey – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2009
Mentoring can be a critical component of teachers' professional development and retention, yet logistical and fiscal challenges often limit the amount of contact a protege can have with a mentor teacher. This investigation explored a school district initiative to address this need for more mentor interaction by supplementing traditional…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Mentors, Physical Education Teachers, Faculty Development
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Shen, Bo; McCaughtry, Nate; Martin, Jeffrey; Fahlman, Mariane – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2009
This study applied self-determination theory to investigate the effects of students' autonomous motivation and their perceptions of teacher autonomy support on need satisfaction adjustment, learning achievement, and cardiorespiratory fitness over a 4-month personal conditioning unit. Participants were 253 urban adolescents (121 girls and 132 boys,…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Self Determination, Learning Motivation, Teaching Methods
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Shen, Bo; McCaughtry, Nate; Martin, Jeffrey – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2008
With the assumption that domain specificity would significantly influence students' motivation, our study was designed to investigate between- and within-domain relations of task value, perceived autonomy and competence, and achievement goal orientations across physical education and mathematics. Urban adolescents (N = 273, ages 12-14 years)…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Questionnaires, Urban Youth, Academic Education
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Shen, Bo; McCaughtry, Nate; Martin, Jeffrey – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2007
Using a multitheory approach, this study was designed to investigate the influence of urban adolescents' perceived autonomy and competence in physical education on their physical activity intentions and behaviors during leisure time. A transcontextual model was hypothesized and tested. Urban adolescents (N = 653, ages 11-15 years) completed…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Leisure Time, Structural Equation Models, Questionnaires
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McCaughtry, Nate; Barnard, Sara; Martin, Jeffrey; Shen, Bo; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2006
The purpose of this study was to analyze how the challenges of urban schools influence physical education teachers' emotional understanding and connections with their students and the implications on their teaching. Sixty-one elementary physical educators from an urban school district in the midwestern U.S. were interviewed multiple times (N =…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Physical Education, Urban Teaching, Physical Education Teachers
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Shen, Bo; McCaughtry, Nate; Martin, Jeffrey; Dillion, Suzanna – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2006
While seductive details are enjoyable, they are unimportant content or activities intentionally inserted to make class fun and interesting. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of seductive details on students' learning of net games in physical education. Participants were 240 middle school students. A videotaped lesson example…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Motivation Techniques, Recall (Psychology), Teaching Methods
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McCaughtry, Nate – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2004
The purpose of this study was to examine how one secondary physical education teacher understood gender at her school and how that understanding developed. Theoretical perspectives on feminism and the nature of teachers' knowledge guided the inquiry. Data were collected through 20 teacher observations and 60 interviews over 4 months and analyzed…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Physical Education Teachers, Gender Issues, Student Empowerment